FRIDAY: October 12, 2018: HAWKESBURY trainer Garry Frazer has decided to skip a planned $500,000 assignment at Royal Randwick tomorrow with his classy mare Spright – and wait another week.
Frazer has opted to pull the pin from the Group 3 Sydney Stakes (1200m), regarded as the TAB Everest consolation, and save her for another Group 3, the $160,000 The Nivison (1200m) at the same track next Saturday.
“It’s too wet,” Frazer said this evening of the ‘Heavy 9’ rating for the 10-race Everest program.
“We’ll wait for next week and then take her back to Melbourne.”
On firmer conditions than are prevailing tomorrow, Spright would have been one of the top prospects in the Sydney Stakes following her strong-finishing first-up third to Everest candidates Viddora and Brave Smash in the Group 1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on September 28.
She returns to competing against her own sex in The Nivison, which is run at set weights and penalties for mares four-year-old and upwards.
Following The Nivison, Spright will be set for another Group 1 at Moonee Valley – the Manikato Stakes (1200m) on October 26.
. Meanwhile, Hawkesbury apprentice Qin Yong was the toast of Cessnock today when he landed the $35,000 Jungle Juice Cup (1350m) on well-backed Kentucky Flyer.
Apprenticed to Brad Widdup, Qin Yong notched his 19th Australian winner, and his third this season.
It was also his first victory at Cessnock from only a handful of rides at the track.
His 3kg allowance proved invaluable on former Victorian Kentucky Flyer ($4 favorite). He bounced the gelding away smartly, took up the running and sealed the race by gaining a break on the home turn.
Kentucky Flyer was never threatened in the straight, comfortably holding out Sniponet ($4.40) and Marathon ($5).
Crookwell publican and hobby trainer Graham Payne returned to his former stamping ground at Cessnock, and was quite emotional after winning the Jungle Juice Cup.
Kentucky Flyer was having his first start for Payne, who races the six-year-old in partnership with well-known Newcastle bloodstock agent Darrell Kidd and racecaller Anthony Manton.