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Raring to go

Saturday, 15th March, 2014

Cup chance Defonet with trainer Paula Trenwith at the raceourse yesterday. PICTURE: Ethan James Cup chance Defonet with trainer Paula Trenwith at the raceourse yesterday. PICTURE: Ethan James

By Ethan James

Defonet may have tasted success on the dirt tracks of Broken Hill before but trainer Paula Trenwith knows that will count for little when it comes to the Outback Cup today.

The gelding was somewhat of a surprise winner at last year’s Silver City Cup and has returned for a shot at a bigger prize.

Trenwith arrived yesterday and told the BDT that Defonet had held up well on the long trip north.

“The drive from Adelaide was quite smooth... he travelled well and we’re looking forward to today,” she said.

“He’s been here before but the field for St Pat’s is definitely stronger than when we got the Silver City.”

Since winning the 1600m cup in October, Defonet has only raced three times.

That included a fourth place at Wentworth and a win in a 1200m race on the dirt at the Lock Racing Club in late-February.

“He’s done very well at home... but he definitely prefers the firmer footing,” Trenwith said.

That win was the first ride for jockey Tamara Zanker. She will take the reins on him for just the second time when the horses take to the track at ten past four this afternoon.

“Tamara won her last start with him and does all the track work for me back home, so she knows the horse very well,” Trenwith said.

Defonet will start from barrier four, a draw which Trenwith described as “perfect”.

He will also start as second favourite at $2.50 behind the accomplished Mick Whittle-trained Sky Raider, who is 2-1.

“He’s a big threat, Mick, plus Kym Healy has two (Cruziero and Eight Red). His are always strong as well,” Trenwith said.

The Morphetville trainer has two other runners - Schnippy Schnappy (Race Five) and Kookaburras (Race Seven).

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