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Chipping Away at the final product

Border-hopper Just Chipping Away is out to achieve a career first at Morphettville today: back-to-back wins.

Trained by Darryl Dodson just over the Victorian border at Telopea Downs, Just Chipping Away scored a fast-finising win over 1250m at Morpettville Parks last start, overhauling the much-improved Trip in the shadows of the post.

It was the six-year-old mare’s fifth win from 18 career starts, but her record could be better, with a touch more luck.

“She’s had some luck, but most of it has been bad,” Dodson said.

“A couple times I’ve come away saying ‘wow, she deserves a break here somewhere’, only to be served up a bit more bad luck, but that’s the nature of the beast.

“Even last time, she still got a check coming out of the gates, and that’s largely because she’s a little slow to muster.

“But at least we had speed in that race to spread them out a little bit and she found the gap in the home straight.”

Just Chipping Away faces her sternest test yet in today’s benchmark 68, 1200m event and despite Dodson’s belief she could ultimately be best suited over more ground, he is confident of another strong showing.

“We’ll just try to move up one notch at a time, but at least that last-start win gave us some encouragement that she could get a little more distance, out to 1400m if we have to,” he said.

“Plus, she is still learning. She’s been a bit shy in amongst horses, but Jason (Holder) said he went through a relatively narrow gap on her the other day, which is encouraging.

“So she’s gradually getting it together.”


IMAGE: Just Chipping Away winning at Morphettville earlier this month, ridden by Jason Holder.

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