Brushy Cup winner a July races starter
By Geoff Heath
PORT Macquarie trainer Glen Hodge was excited when his eight-year-old grey gelding Rodeo Chute Out won the 15th Brushgrove Cup on Saturday, but was not getting carried away after the win.
"He is handy and tries hard every time he goes down, but he is not quite good enough to go to town with," he said.
Hodge thinks there will be a race for Rodeo Chute Out during the July Carnival over his pet distance of 1800m up to 2000m.
Well ridden by veteran jockey Bruce Compton, Rodeo Chute out was always up near the lead and beat off the challenges of Mister Lane and Fuel in the straight with another eight-year-old, Sensache, zipping home late to grab second place.
Regular trackwork rider for Rodeo Chute Out Kelly Everidge told trainer Hodge that Rodeo Chute Out had worked his best ever through the week.
Rodeo Chute Out was one of only two runners in the cup that had placed over the 2050m distance at Grafton, with the other being Concitare who started favourite and weakened in the straight to finish 2.2lengths away in fifth place.
Coffs Harbour trainer Brett Bellamy says his two star gallopers will be set for a first up tilt at the Kirby Handicap during the July Carnival.
Chocolate Starfish will be resuming after six months off for knee surgery and Bellamy's other galloper Boy's Talk, which won the feature race last year, will have had an eight-week freshen-up for this year's attempt.
Bellamy is confident both gallopers do their best work fresh from the paddock.
Grafton races next on Friday, June 9, which will be Grafton Truck Driver's Social Club Race day, fully covered by the TAB.