Richard Cully has an additional reason to win either the Great Northern Hurdles or Steeples Sunday.

Richard Cully has an additional reason to win either the Great Northern Hurdles or Steeples Sunday.

Apart from basking in the glory of winning the time-honoured races, the former NZ jumps jock has a wedding to pay for. Cully, who  has been based in Ballarat, Victoria, for the past several years, breaking in horses, will marry former Kiwi flat jock Lisa Whelan in Northern Ireland in December.

The  Irish couple have been an item for the past several years.

Cully will ride Lucky Tonight for Shelley Houston in the hurdles and Southerner Speedy Jax in the steeples. He has been watched footage of the pair in action this winter and rates them  solid chances.

Accompanying Cully across the ditch for the two events are fellow riders Braidon Small and Lee  Horner.

Michael Mitchell returns from the US to reunited with Team Rogerson and steer Gallante, a $2million earner who won his first hurdles race in emphatic fashion.

The favourites for the two races are Grand National winner Jackfrost (hurdles) and Perry Mason (steeples).

The feature flat race this weekend is the Wanganui Guineas.

The Murray Baker par of Botti (a half to Lion Tamer) and Red Beach are fighting out favouritism with Ryder winner Atenartin.

Hattie Bee deserves respect. She was poorly ridden in the Karaka Million and enters her three-year-old season on the back of an impressive trials win

Former Pike apprentice Jordan Nason will make the long trip for the one ride.

Co-trainer David Browne is hoping to earn an Oaks start with Hattie Bee this summer.

WANGANUI SELECTIONS

1: Sai Fah, Alto Potenza, Dash

2: Mr Axle, Play The Field, Miss Lizzie.

3: Art Deco, Red Sierra, Scapolo

4: Secret Allure,London Express, Peaceful

5: Duellicious, Charlie Horse, High  Quality,

6: Strolling Vagabond, Woodsman, Pacorus

7: Botti, Aternartin, Hattie Bee

8: Kirkland, Thee Old Cougar, Cancellara

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