Mo’s Glory ran second at Wyong last start in a Benchmark 65 Handicap over 1600m when coming from sixth at the 800m, so is a repeat of that run good enough to win Sunday’s Coonamble Cup?
Trainer Rodney Northam has no issues with his mare’s formlines coming into the 1600m feature.
“She went super last start,” Northam said. “It’s hard to line that form up with a country cup but you’d think it would be good.”
The Uncle Mo five-year-old will be ridden by Reece Jones, who rode her last start, and she’ll only carry 53.5kg from barrier four where she’ll get the gun run.
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Trainer Rodney Northam can’t fault Mo’s Glory heading into the Coonamble Cup. Picture: Jenny EvansSource:News Corp Australia
“I think it’s a nice race for her and that she gets in well at the weights but in saying that I think the top weight (Zaunkonig) gets in well too (61kg). It’s a Dubbo Cup winner coming back to a Coonamble Cup,” Northam said.
“I’m not sure what happened two runs back. She just threw in a bad run. Just put a line through it. She showed her true form last start.”
Harbouring and Magic Charlie take each other on in a very good sprint race in the last race on the card over 1600m. Harbouring has always been a bit of a quirky horse with his own personality but he’s got regular rider Greg Ryan on which is important.
“He was much better last start and a bad one the start before. The key to that was Greg Ryan and probably pulling the tongue tie off as well,” Northam said.
“He can be a funny horse. Some days he wants to get up and get running and other days he’s getting hit with the stick at the 600m but Greg knows him and will ride him based on how he’s feeling.”
He’s got a wide gate so Ryan’s ride and decision making will be key.
“He’s drawn awkward and I’ll give Greg an open book there, which I normally do. He’ll either go forward or back depending on the tempo of the race,” Northam said.
“The one positive is that Coonamble only has one turn and it’s a big, long run in to it so he’ll have plenty of time to figure out what he’s going to do.”
Magic Charlee comes off a fourth placing in a Highway race which is form that stacks up and he’s got an inside draw.
“He ran super last start in Sydney and if he can back that up he’ll be hard to beat from that good draw,” Northam said.
Aristograts is Northam’s best winning hope in the Coonamble Crystal Sprint (1200m) as he races and out of form Professor Marc but good types like Syd’s Footprints, Beacon and Molasses.
“I was really happy with him first-up and he gets a big weight drop now and the 1200m will suit and Greg was happy to stick with him after his first-up run,” Northam said. “He and Moe’s Glory are probably my best two chances on the day. I’ve had a bit of luck on this day.
“Professor Marx has got to find some form. If he doesn’t in the next start or two we’ll probably retire him.”
Greg Ryan has the ride on Harbouring at Coonamble.Source:News Corp Australia
He’s only won once from 17 starts but it’s hard not to like Crackerjack Kenny in the fourth race at Coonamble.
That’s because he shouldn’t be in the Class 1 Handicap (1400m) on Sunday.
He should have won a much better Highway Handicap race last start at Rosehill when just getting beat by Scarleo in a 1500m race. He ran out badly late when it looked like he was about to go straight past the eventual winner, leaving trainer Kevin Dixon frustrated.
“I think he threw it away. Timmy Clark said that he just lost sight of the bunny and wondered out wide and all over the track,” Dixon said.
“He might not have been able to see them with the blinkers on and when you look at the head on reply he definitely cost himself more than a half head (winning margin). I think he was the best run in that Highway. We were three-wide and he kept coming to the line.”
It’s time for Crackerjack Kenny to get a second win on Sunday and he’ll be ridden by leading rider Greg Ryan out of barrier five.
“He’s becoming a bit of a bridesmaid and I wish his nose was about an inch longer,” Dixon said. “He’s pulled up better than he ever had. I gave him five days off when we got home just to help him get over the trip.
“He’s done a little bit of work but not a lot. He stretched his legs on Thursday morning and he’s feeling great and eating up.”
The four-year-old has placed on nine occasions and is Dixon’s only horse and he has bigger plans for him after today.
“It looks like a winnable race. If he comes out and wins this impressive I’ll definitely take him back to Sydney,” he said. “I could even put him away for the Country Championships next year if he wins this.”
Originally published asCoonamble preview: Mo’s shot at Cup glory
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