AKING THE WIN: Street Ride (number 4 with jockey in the lime green) crossing the line first in last year’s Darley Cootamundra Cup Photo: Kelly ManwaringLAST year’s Cootamundra Cup winner Street Ride will be back for another shot at the trophy this Sunday on the back of a good run of results.
Trainer Gary Colvin says he is “keen to have another crack at it” after another first in Griffith on Saturday, September 13.
“He’s going really well, I’m happy with his work,” Gary said.
Racing officials have rated Cootamundra racecourse a good three, which Gary says won’t worry his horse even though he’s normally better on a slightly firmer track.
“He’s drawn five, it’s a nice draw, when he gets back then he gives back,” Gary said of the barrier draw.
Street Ride will be ridden by Michael Heagney, who is familiar with the horse and won on him in Wodonga two years ago.
Gary thinks his toughest competition will come from Canberra trainers like Barbara Joseph, whose horse Al Ahmar is one of the favourites for the Cup.
Barbara says Al Ahmar has been unlucky getting barrier 11 out of 13, but should still do well if he can get closer to the rail from the outside.
“He’s been a wonderful horse, he’s won 14 and he’ll be carrying 56kg which he can win with,” Barbara said.
“It’s hard to find races for him these days because he does carry so much weight but he should do well.”
Barbara is hoping for a little bit of rain but is happy there will still be plenty of grass and believes Sunday will be a great day before the NRL grand final.
She also has four horses riding on the day and will be vying for the $5000 bonus awarded to the trainer who wins the Cup and two other races.
Apprentice jockey Claire Gee will be riding Al Ahmar following her win on him in Canberra just over a month ago.
Claire has been riding in place of Carly Frater following Carly’s injury in the horror three-horse fall in Wagga on August 22.
Local trainer Richard Coulton is competing in three races on the day, including Jack I Am in the Mick Donoghue Memorial maiden 1400m.
Richard won this event last year with Vindough Boy, who is owned by Cootamundra Turf Club president Brad Shields.
Tricia Anderson is also entering Cousin Bonnie in the Mick Donoghue Memorial and Doskabel in the Stewart Anderson Memorial 1100m maiden plate.
George Dimitropolous rounds out the local entries with Zakynthos Kate in the class one 1600m maiden plate.
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