Sir Lopez

Sir Lopez (outside) winning at Bendigo (Image: Racing Photos)

Payne watching weather with jumps stars

Patrick Payne saddles up the favourites in both the Thackeray Chase and the Kevin Lafferty Hurdle on Sunday but he won't hesitate to scratch Killarney Kid and Sir Lopez if the track receives further rain.

While he can't fault the form and preparation of either horse ahead of the $100,000 features, Payne has doubts about their prospects on a genuinely Heavy track.

Warrnambool is currently rated a Heavy 10 and the Bureau of Meteorology is predicting up to 10mm of rain in the region on Sunday.

"They are both in excellent order," Payne said.

"Killarney Kid is a trojan and he's going well but I'd have a big question mark over him on very Heavy ground.

"And I thought Sir Lopez ran a great race on the flat at Sandown on Wednesday.

"He's really well weighted and well suited against those horses in a race like this.

"But again, if it becomes a quagmire through the paddocks I'd be a bit concerned because I don't think he really appreciates a genuinely Heavy track."

Killarney Kid, who heads BetEasy's Kevin Lafferty Hurdle market at $2.50, ran a game second to Chequered Flag in the Australian Hurdle on a Soft 6 track at his most recent jumps start but was well held in his only run on a Heavy track at Warrnambool last season.

And Australian Chase hero Sir Lopez ($1.85), who ran over 2100m at Ladbrokes Park on Wednesday, boasts nine wins on Soft tracks but only one win on a Heavy track.