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There are few bigger satisfactions for country trainers than winning a feature on their home track and on the horses-for-courses policy alone Ken Callaughan must be a huge chance in the $25,000 Anniversary Cup at Goulburn.
His ultra-consistent chestnut On A Shining Star has only raced five times at Goulburn for four wins and is yet to win on any other track.
“The last time Roly [Saxon] rode him there and he jumped and was three wide and didn’t let him go too,” Callaughan said. “He likes a firm track. I’ve scratched him a few times when it’s been wet, but if it’s a nice firm track he will run a nice race with no weight on him. He’s always been carrying big weights before.”
Jay Ford will take over for the main fare on Sunday with On A Shining Star, who is a half-brother to Callaughan’s recent Warwick Farm winner Keikosan and out of the mare Bella Arena he trained for breeder Dennis Rex.
“She was a leader and used to be up and running and this bloke is a bit the same,” Callaughan said.
SCRATCHING FOR A DATE
Stewards are still waiting to set a date for an adjourned inquiry into the dramatic scratching of Queanbeyan Cup favourite Scene Of The Crime last Sunday. The Matthew Dale-trained gelding was ordered out of the race after being found to have unapproved front shoes and pads when arriving at the start after a farrier mix-up. It was deemed there was insufficient time for the horse to be re-plated.
AND THEY’RE RACING
No fewer than 13 bush tracks will host non-TAB meetings on Melbourne Cup day, with meetings scheduled from Murwillumbah down to Wagga. Grafton’s Jacaranda Cup (Wednesday) and the Kempsey Cup (Friday) will be feature races later in the week.
Sunday – Goulburn, Muswellbrook. Monday – Ballina. Wednesday – Grafton. Thursday – Albury. Friday – Kempsey. Saturday – Goulburn.
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