POCKET ROCKET: Part-owner Dane Baird and Susie Fletcher with Geecup. Photo: Adam Hourigan
POCKET ROCKET: Part-owner Dane Baird and Susie Fletcher with Geecup. Photo: Adam Hourigan

Geecup geed up for Ulmarra cup

THE old adage 'good things come in small packages' isn't lost on Ulmarra racehorse Geecup.

Despite being the smallest thoroughbred on the course at the Ulmarra Chip In Cup last year, the five-year-old mare took second when ridden by Ray Spokes.

This year, trainer Todd Fletcher hopes the duo can go one better.

"He rode her last start, and when she placed last year so they seem to be a good combination- she runs well under him," he said.

"But, we got beaten last year, so we're trying to make amends this time.

"She's been in work since earlier in the year and should be getting close to fitness now for the race."

It is the third year the Ulmarra-owned and trained horse has raced on Ulmarra Cup day. In 2013, Geecup won a Maiden over 1200m.

Fletcher said it had always been the idea this time in to have her racing on the local day.

She had her first start at 1600m at the last Clarence River Jockey Club TAB meet.

"Her fitness gave out on her in the last 150m but was right there until that point," Fletcher said.

"She'll strip a bit fitter for that run. She should be reaching her peak fitness now."

Sitting at the bottom of the weights for the upcoming race, Fletcher said she could well be the smallest horse on the field once again.

"I think she's one of the smallest in Grafton," he said.

"Hopefully she can get those little legs going pretty quick.

"It seems to be a good day for her."

Clarence River Jockey Club chairman Graeme Green thought Casino trainer Stephen Bennett's horse, Would Be A Bonus, has a good chance for a win at the Chip In Cup, but didn't discount Geecup all together.

"She ran a real good race last year," he said.

"She hasn't shown a lot of form since then but she seems to lift for this race because of the Ulmarra connection, so I think she's always a good chance.

Green said it was shaping up to be a good meeting.

"We're looking forward to a good crowd and we've also got our member's guest day," he said.

Ulmarra Chip In Cup is race six on the program at 3.29pm.

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