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Mick’s Cup target

Saturday, 1st October, 2011

READY TO GO: Wentworth trainer Ray Gard with Pooncarie-hopeful Bigbadbongoman on the Darling River. READY TO GO: Wentworth trainer Ray Gard with Pooncarie-hopeful Bigbadbongoman on the Darling River.

By John Casey

 It won’t be the end of the world for leading BH horse trainer Mick Wayman if his galloper Dealers doesn’t win today’s Pooncarie Cup because his main focus is landing the Silver City Cup in BH on October 22.

The regally-bred eight-year-old will today be having just his second start for Wayman and the trainer is confident that whatever Dealers produces at Pooncarie will help improve him for the Silver City Cup.

“We purchased the horse with the Silver City Cup and next year’s St Pat’s meeting in mind,” Wayman said yesterday.

“His record shows he is a high quality racehorse and I have been very pleased with his work since joining the stable, but his best will come after I have had some more time with him.

“He has never won beyond 1350-metres so stepping up to a mile (1600m) will be a test,” Wayman added.

Dealers started his career with Australia’s biggest and most prestigious racing organisation, Darley and is a multiple city winner of more than $200,000.

Given his fine record it is no surprise Dealers has been allotted top weight of 59kg in today’s Pooncarie Cup, which has attracted a field of 11, including Casino Bob which is trained at Silverton by Barry Murray.

In total, 12 locally-trained horses will travel to Pooncarie with Menindee horseman Wayne Marsden providing five of those.

Cobar trainer Allan Prisk will travel a team of four horses to Pooncarie, including two Cup runners who are also likely candidates for the Silver City Cup on Saturday October 22. 

The Pooncarie Race Club has been buoyed by the response from trainers for this year’s event with an increase in quantity and quality for the six-event program which is headlined by the $10,000 Sunraysia Daily Pooncarie Cup.

Talented Victorian rider Mark Pegus - whose father Anthony “Tassie” Pegus had many successful days riding in Broken Hill - has accepted the ride on Plumbago in the Cup, suggesting it will be hard to beat in the feature event.

 

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