Primed for a charge at another Cup
CLARENCE Valley connections hope Primed To Win can complete a cup double today.
Tucabia trainer Felicity Firth led celebrations when the five-year-old gelding saluted in the $30,000 Maclean Cup at Clarence River Jockey Club on July 13.
Grafton jockey Matthew Paget is again in the saddle for today's $80,000 Carlton Mid Coffs Harbour Gold Cup (1600m).
"The Grafton carnival attracts trainers and horses from everywhere so to win a feature on a local horse made it more special," Paget said.
"Take out two or three horses such as Disciple from the Coffs Cup and there is not much difference in the two fields."
The Maclean Cup was Paget's first ride on Primed To Win. He then rode him to an eye-catching second to Ross Stitt-trained Single Spirit in the Sawtell Cup on July 27.
"I met (Single Spirit) two kilos lighter last time. It'll carry the same weight as me this time," Paget said.
Paget however fancies Single Spirit's stablemate Southern Shimmer as the one to watch.
"Southern Shimmer gets in fantastic at 54kg, dropping 6kg from its last run," he said.
Stitt's third runner is topweight and 2013 Ramornie Handicap winner Youthful Jack, lugging 58kg, a kilo more than Chris Waller-trained race favourite Disciple.
Locals will be cheering Castlemagne King and Jim Jarvis pair Champagne Rock and Mucho Caliente.
COFFS HARBOUR GOLD CUP
1 Youthful Jack (8) 58kg
2 Disciple (11) 57
3 Single Spirit (4) 54
4 Bouzy Rouge (15) 54
5 Southern Shimmer (1) 54
6 Frozen Rope (13) 54
7 Primed To Win (9) 54
8 Winning Review (12) 54
9 Castlemagne King (3) 54
10 Champagne Rock (2) 54
11 Onemore E'more (7) 54
12 Bermuda Blu (10) 54
13 Mucho Caliente (5) 54
14 Mullet Man (6) 54
15 Hard Ticker (14) 54