The forecast for rain has boosted Rockhampton trainer Tom Button's hopes he can overcome an influx of southern horses to win his local track’s feature double later this week. Button has strong two chances with Peacock (Lonhro) set to contest tomorrow’s Rockhampton Newmarket (1300m), while Astoria (Medaglia d’Oro) will line up in Saturday's $150,000 Rockhampton Cup (1600m). "They have got into their respective races each with only 54.5 kilos which is one benefit of some of the better southern horses being entered and forcing us down in the weights," Button said. "There is a prediction for rain on Friday and Saturday and that won't do our horses any harm. It might also trouble a few others with the 600-metre straight at Rockhampton."
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