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Crystal clear for a win

Thursday, 12th March, 2015

Mick Wayman will hope his in-form Crystal Reef can be the one to take out this weekend’s Outback Cup. PICTURE: Patrick Reincke Mick Wayman will hope his in-form Crystal Reef can be the one to take out this weekend’s Outback Cup. PICTURE: Patrick Reincke

By Patrick Reincke

Local trainer Michael Wayman will seek cup glory this St Pat’s race weekend as his horse prepares to run in the Outback Cup.

Crystal Reef will run the 1600m cup race with the stead possessing some great form in previous races.

From its last four starts, Crystal Reef has finished first, second, third and second with its most recent race under its new trainer.

Crystal’s last run was in the Balranald Cup on February 21 where it was only beaten by a nose.

That race saw the cup hopeful weighed at 60kg.

Having been originally nominated for the 1400m race in this Saturday’s St Pat’s race day, it was weighed at 59.5kg.

Now, after being accepted in the Outback Cup, Crystal is now at 54.5kgs, 5.5kg less than when it ran at Balranald.

When asked about the upcoming race day, Wayman was calm and collected.

“If you show too much emotion, the horses will pick up on that,” he said.

“It’s just another race day to me.”

Crystal was purchased from Tasmania around Christmas time as is taking its time getting adjusted to the Broken Hill heat.

Wayman has been training Crystal everyday in the lead up to the big race with the horse looking fully fit to take on the rest of the field.

Justin Potter will be the one to ride the Broken Hill hopeful.

Potter rode Golden Class in the Sabois Fillies & Mares Maiden Plate yesterday in Strathalbyn and finished second.

Prior to that he has finished consistently well in races between 1200 and 1600 metres.

It’s been a long time since a local trainer has taken out the Outback Cup and this weekend could see the drought end.

“You have got to be relaxed,” Wayman said.

“I won’t be losing sleep over it.”

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