Dirt-track specialist Cooee March will make the trip to Carrathool tomorrow with connections confident of a second straight Cup success.
Despite starting as one of the outsiders in 2019, the Russell Hogan trained six-year-old was too good for them in the $20,000 feature event, winning by 1.67 lengths.
Bookies and punters alike won’t miss the 16 a half hand, 640kg Dane Shadow gelding tomorrow though, with Cooee March likely starting favourite.
“To be honest, I’m probably more confident this time around,” Hogan said.
“He loves the dirt and he ran second at Moulamein (Moulamein Racing Club) a couple of starts back and then ran a really nice second at Balranald (Balranald Racing CLUB) last time out.”
Hogan couldn’t fault Cooee March this preparation and the Griffith trainer was heading to Carrathool confident of a second straight cup win.
“On form, he looks hard to beat,” Hogan said.
“He is working a treat, looks a million dollars and he should be a really good chance.”
Michael Heagney will be on board again, after leading Cooee March to victory in 2019 and Hogan believes the veteran jockey will give him the best chance possible tomorrow.
“Mick will be on him again, he is a good friend of mine and he knows the horse and he will give him every possible chance.”
Even though it is only a five-horse field, the race does call on some interesting types.
Scott Spackman (Spackman Racing) brings along his three-year-old filly Takissacod, who most recently competed in the Southern Districts Racing Association Country Championships qualifier at Albury Racing Club.
“She is only a three year old and she is still learning, as we saw in the Country Champions, but I’m going there reasonably confident,” Scott Spackman said.
Takissacod, who will be ridden by Josh Richards, certainly has ability, winning three races in a row last preparation when greeting the judge first at Grenfell Picnic Races, Murrumbidgee Turf Club and Albury Racing Club.
The Chat Up Line filly also finished third in a TAB Highway Handicap at Rosehill Gardens but has since finished down the track in her two runs this preparation.
Spackman believes this race is a tough country cup and gave his thoughts on the potential winner.
“I think any of four of the five runners could win and it will be interesting to see what Trevor Sutherland (Trevor Sutherland Racing) does with Real Key,” he said.
“If we leave it out in front, it could run away and steal the race from us.”
A big crowd is expected to flock to Carrathool tomorrow with pleasant conditions favouring the popular club.
The feature event of the day is due to commence at 4.35pm, while the first race of the six-race program commences at 1.30pm with gates opening at 12pm.
As usual, fashions on the field will be a massive talking point with over $7000 in prizes on offer and the event looks to be another great social day at the races.