Cup winner eyes raid
Tuesday, 9th August, 2011
By John Casey
October’s Silver City Cup meeting is now on the radar for veteran galloper Husisname following a spectacular win in Saturday’s Louth Cup.
The six-year-old chestnut gelding streeted his rivals by more than five lengths to claim Louth’s feature event in front of a crowd of almost 3000.
Trainer Noel “Joe” Boland - who has stables at Branxton near Cessnock - believes Husisname would be “hard to beat” if he decides to tackle the Silver City Cup (1600m) on Saturday October 22.
“I’ve never been to Broken Hill but have always had it on my radar,” 55-year-old Boland said yesterday.
“After his performance on Saturday at Louth, Husisname would be very competitive at a track like Broken Hill so I will have to give it plenty of consideration,” he added.
Should he decide to make the trip to BH, Boland has another dirt-track specialist in Cloudcraft who could also be part of the team.
Cloudcraft smashed the Louth track record for 1400-metres on Saturday, maintaining his impeccable dirt-track credentials in the process.
“He’s never been beaten on a dirt track so he would definitely come into consideration for the trip to Broken Hill,” Boland said.
Cloudcraft is believed to have set another record at Louth on Saturday by winning at the track for the third consecutive time.
“He’s won here at the last three meetings (the 2010 race meeting was washed out) and lumped 61.5 kilos on Saturday which was an incredible performance,” Boland said.
While Boland landed a double at Louth, there was no such success for local trainers Wayne Marsden (Menindee) and Heidi Smith (White Cliffs).
Starched was the best performed of Marsden’s four runners, finishing fourth in the 1200-metre maiden event, just ahead of Coota Queen, which is trained by Smith.
BH trainer Mick Wayman had nominated veteran sprinter Norm’s Boy for the Louth meeting, but elected to race at the Roxby Downs Cup meeting instead.
“It was a great meeting but Norm’s Boy could only finish fourth,” Wayman reported yesterday.
“I’ll probably look at running him again at Pooncarie on Cup day (October 1) and then on to the Silver City Cup meeting,” he added.
The Roxby Downs Cup was taken out by Young Tearaway, which is trained at Strathalbyn by Nicole Bruggemann, who is a regular visitor to Broken Hill.
Louth Turf Club spokesman Don LeLievre said Saturday’s meeting was a great success.
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“After we were washed out last year Saturday was a chance for us to start building the event up again and we were very happy with the day.
“We had more campers here at the racetrack than ever before and the 24 bookmakers had turnover of just short of $300,000 which was a good result,” he added.
A Darling River township with a population of around 50, Louth had to make room for 2671 racegoers on Saturday.
“The crowd was a little light on,” Mr LeLievre said.
“We’ve had up to 3500 in the past, and we’ll be looking at building back up to that number in the future.
“We put a lot of work into getting the track ready for the big day and we had four records set, so we are pretty happy with that,” he continued.
It was a good day for followers of the Noel Boland-stable, who took a team of six horses more than 1000-kilometres to Louth.
“I made sure a few people knew how confident I was about Husisname winning the cup,” Boland said.
“He ran second at Gunnedah last month and I declared then that he would win the Louth Cup.
“I’ve never been more confident going into an event and Michael Hackett (jockey) rode a tremendous race,” he added.
Husisname’s win was just the third of his 50-start career and took his prizemoney to almost $40,000.
Boland has been a regular visitor to the Louth Cup meeting and has produced at least one winner on six of his seven visits to the once-a-year event.
For Parkes-based Hackett it was his second success in the Louth Cup, having previously taken out the race on Star Of Universe in 2006.