Cathie Donoghue with stable favourite In Under There
Cathie Donoghue with stable favourite In Under There

McLeod makes Maclean Cup his own


PHIL McLeod has virtually made the Maclean Bowling Club Maclean Cup (1400m) his own race and the trainer is likely to make a two-pronged attack on it again at Grafton tomorrow. He has accepted with both Mr Aristos and In Under There, but has still to decide whether to start Mr Aristos. "I am not happy with the weight, but I have still not made up my mind," McLeod said. "However, In Under There will definitely start. "I have no idea how many Maclean cups I have won, but it has been quite a few." A win would certainly make the trainer feel a lot better. Last Sunday he saw Mr Aristos, a winner of successive races at Rosehill last month, scratched at the barrier from the South Grafton Cup. Last Wednesday he saw Forestreno run an unlucky eighth in the Ramornie after starting from the outside barrier. "I have never started a horse in the Ramornie before because I never had one good enough," McLeod said. "I thought he could win it and it was very disappointing to see him draw such a bad barrier and then have no luck." Forestreno won last year's Maclean Cup. Armidale mare Fris- co's Harem will have a first start for Coffs Harbour trainer Brett Bellamy in the Mac- lean Cup. The five-year-old mare has been trans- ferred from Armidale trainer Tracy Bell to Bellamy by owners Ross and Rhonda Hew- itt. Their late son Tony was the original train- er until his untimely accidental death last year. Ross Hewitt had been Tony's 'foreman', but was not able to re- new his stablehand's licence, so he opted to send Frisco's Harem to Bellamy, who was a good mate of his late son. Bellamy was only too happy to take on what he describes as 'a nice little mare'. He believes her best distance is between 1400m and 1600m. He thinks she'll run a nice race in the Mal- cean Cup and then look at races such as the Sawtell Cup and the Ken Howard Cup in the coming week at Coffs Harbour. Meanwhile, Newcas- tle trainer Steve Hodge will head for Grafton today with Dusty Flyer for the final carnival race tomorrow, the Roger Kelly Insurances Farewell Hcp (2050m).

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