"Neil is a really good mate of mine and it would be great to pull it off for him."
Kinda Tangy started last season a maiden and broke through at Corowa before winning at Harden Picnics, then at Gundagai on New Year's Day. She stepped up to Picnic Cup racing taking the Yass Cup with Owen in the saddle and then the Crookwell Cup without him.
"I was away with Single Gaze that day but I wasn't going to miss this race," said Owen, who will fly back from Melbourne after strapping Single Gaze in Saturday's Makybe Diva Stakes. "They are probably my two favourite horses."
Racing NSW chief steward Marc Van Gestel has investigated whether horses being trained out of Cessnock have been breaking the Highway Handicap rules by having gallops at Newcastle.
The Cessnock track, which is run by the Newcastle Jockey Club, can only be used for slow work at present and Van Gestel decided to put to bed rumour and innuendo about Cessnock-trained horses that occurred following the Canberra exclusion from the Highway Handicap.
"We are aware of what was been said and we have been back through the trackwork records at Newcastle and can find no evidence of Cessnock-trained Highway horses breaking the rules," Van Gestel said.
"Cessnock horses are allowed to have jump-outs at Newcastle because of the problem with their track. One trainer, who does most of his work on his property, has moved his fast work base to Muswellbrook to make sure he is eligible for Highway races."
Meanwhile, Trainers should be aware to be eligible for next year's Country Championship and Provincial Championships that stable stable returns for horses in their care have to be lodged with Racing NSW by October 1.