Dan McGillivray faces his race day debut

Group 1 winner Matt McGillivray's younger brother debuts in Roma

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TOP RIDE: Comeback sprinter Malibu Affair is one of five rides for apprentice Dan McGillivray when he makes his race riding debut at Roma on February 22.

TOP RIDE: Comeback sprinter Malibu Affair is one of five rides for apprentice Dan McGillivray when he makes his race riding debut at Roma on February 22.

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Roma-based apprentice Dan McGillivray will have his first day of race riding on February 22.

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ANOTHER McGillivray will make his way into the world of race riding in Roma on February 22 weather permitting.

Apprentice Dan McGillivray has rides in each of the five events in what will be his first day wearing silks.

Four of his rides - Land The Crown in the Muggleton Maiden (1000m), Strawberry Deluxe in the Brandon and Associates Class B (1000m), Malibu Affair in the Sydeva Haulage Handicap (1000m) and Third Rock in the Pickanjinnie Benchmark 50 (1200m) - are for his master for Craig Smith.

He is also on David Rewald's Rhythm Nation in the Raslie Chadford Benchmark 60 Handicap (900m).

Smiths said the younger brother to Group 1 winning rider Matt McGillivray was "super keen" ahead of his race day debut.

"He's been ready for months but there were hold-ups and then a week ago he was set to ride but the races were called off," Smith said.

"He is super keen to get out there and hopefully the rain stays away for his sake."

Smith, who also helped develop Matt McGillivray into a Queensland Oaks winning rider, said the younger sibling was loaded with potential.

"Unlike Matty, Dan came to us with some riding experience because he'd been doing a bit of work for Dan Meagher up in Singapore," Smith said.

"He's got a good head on his shoulders and he sits well on a horse.\

"His brother has become a superstar and here's hoping Dan will also make the grade. I certainly believe he will."

Smith said Strawberry Deluxe would enjoy McGillivray's four kilogram claim, which will reduce her impost to 56.5kg, because she was small.

A three-year-old by Delago Deluxe from the All Bar One mare Delerious, Strawberry Blonde was a winner at Dalby on January 14 before a latest start second at the same course.

Smith said Malibu Affair possessed the class to win but is worried the distance is short of the gelding's best. Malibu Affair has not raced since November 16 when he finished sixth in a similar event at Roma.

Last spring he was successful at Surat and Blackall at consecutive starts and earlier in the year finished less than three behind the winner in the Battle of the Bush final at Eagle Farm.

Father and daughter combination Bevan Johnson and Dakota Graham will team together with Froze, Static Lift, Iqela and Bon Warrior at Thangool.

The Bouldercombe-based Johnson accepted with Froze (Alert ARG-Ice Cube NZ) for the Owners and Trainers Class B (1075m).

Froze resumed from a break on January 11 when placed second over a similar distance at Calliope before running fourth of nine at Yeppoon on February 1.

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