Colvin chasing more bling after Leeton Cup triumph

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Gary Colvin, Bravado Lass and Adelaide Kovac admire the Leeton Cup after Bravado Lass proved too good when winning the 1600m feature event. Photo: Leeton Jockey Club

Gary Colvin won’t be resting on his laurels and will be taking every opportunity that comes along for his in-form galloper Bravado Lass after winning the Coprice Leeton Cup on Thursday.

The Wagga trainer and former Tullibigeal boy will now set his Zariz mare for the Young Cup next Thursday, a race that has been moved to Wagga due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“She is going really good, they have the Young Cup meeting at Wagga next week and hopefully she can go back-to-back,” Colvin said.

“She deserves a crack at a race like that.”

The seven-year-old, who has now won three races from her previous five starts, was terrific at Leeton over the 1600m, coming from off the pace to storm home for a comfortable 0.89 of a length victory over the Geoff Duryea pair of Kapover and Dottledo.

“She is very tough this time of the year, she handles the wet a bit and she is just very consistent,” Colvin said.

“A mile seems to be her go when she is fit and we saw that on Thursday.”

Despite the race not carrying any extra prizemoney, Colvin said the bragging rights of winning a cup race was just as good a feeling.

“I got a nice big cup, which was very good and you always want to win those races,” Colvin said.

The popular Southern District trainer put a lot of the praise back on apprentice jockey Tyler Schiller, suggesting his mid-race change of tactics secured the win.

“She is a little bit of a goey girl and if she doesn’t settle, she can over race and I just told Tyler not to let her do that,” Colvin said.

“He could see they were putting on the breaks mid race and he just went for it from the 600 metres, which ended up being the main reason why she won the race; it was a good decision and good ride.”

Colvin also touched on the short turnaround from the Wagga Gold Cup meeting as another reason why Bravado Lass went on to win the race.

“Backing her up quickly from Wagga was the right decision, it just topped her off and took the edge away a little bit, meaning she could settle a little easier,” Colvin said.

“You can’t do it all the time but now she will get a little freshen up for Wagga (the Young Cup) next week and we can hopefully do it all again.”

Unfortunately, Colvin will have to chase another jockey to take the ride next Thursday, with Schiller booked on another mount in the Young Cup.

“I wanted to get Tyler on board but he is already riding something else, so I will have to find another jock,” Colvin said.

“I don’t think we will have any issues though, she is going well enough.”

For the time being, Colvin will turn his attention to Albury on Friday when taking two horses across for the eight-race-program.

Colvin has nominated Coolyboss for the 1175m Benchmark 58 Handicap and Zarsnip for the 1000m Class One Handicap.

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