Mare raring to go in cup at Tamworth

JARDEL Cup topweight Miss Teejay’s is “ready to fly” from gate two and impose herself on Sunday’s $35,000 2TM Jardel Cup (1200m) field.

Despite the steadier of 60kg,  the six-year-old daughter of Iglesia has drawn ideally in barrier two for the feature race and, with 3kg claiming Port Macquarie apprentice Kassie Furness aboard, is sure to be up in the front of the field,  owner-trainer Paul Berrigan said.

Berrigan was disappointed last start when his mare “got smashed” early and went back to last at Tamworth before getting going again and finishing fourth to Fort Sumter.

The run before that she zoomed home from last to win on Christmas Eve and set up a Jardel Cup possibility.

“All is good,” Berrigan said of his talented chestnut mare.

“Sarah (Curtis) has been riding her in all her work. 

“She said she’s jumping out of her skin.

“She got smashed the other day and went back to last. 

“She won’t be last on Sunday, that’s for sure.”

Miss Teejay’s has won seven of her 28 starts. 

 Furness is having her third outing on the Tamworth mare.

She won on her  at Tamworth on Christmas Eve  when she came from last with a withering final sprint to claim Belaroc in the final few bounds.

It was an exhilarating win for Berrigan, decidedly different to the feeling when she ran into trouble last start, went back to last and tried to flash home late again.

He’ll be telling Furness to be aggressive early.

“Because of the barrier (2) we can afford to use her up a little early and make use of the barrier,” Berrigan said.

“She can be a little bit closer than midfield.

“If she is, I’ll be happy.

“But she is 100 per cent. She’s ready to go.”

Miss Teejay’s and Pat Farrell’s Urania Crown are weighted on 60kg but Berrigan believes the Sue Grills-trained pair, Tree Fern (59.5kg) and Keep It Danish (57kg), might be the hardest to beat.

“It’s not an overly strong race,” Berrigan said.

“But Sue’s pair, Tree Fern and Keep It Danish, go well. 

“Runs Deep (Rod Northam) also won well the other day (Monday) at Gunnedah but is backing up. 

“It should be a good day out there though. I’ve also got a maidener (Elsalinda) in that goes all right too.”

 Furness  is also aboard resuming Prussian Secret for Cody Morgan.

The Country Cups star is topweight in the 2TM Country Music Cup (1000m).

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