Runs Deep in form for Cup tilt

RUNS Deep is lightly-raced and backing up from Monday’s Gunnedah success but her Scone trainer believes she has the ability to step up and win tomorrow’s $35,000 2TM Jardel Cup (1200m) at Tamworth.

The talented four-year-old daughter of Strategic is having just her eighth start in the Jardel Cup for Scone trainer Rod Northam but has already won three.

Two wins at Muswellbrook and a comfortable win at Gunnedah last Monday have the mare well primed for an advanced showing in this benchmarked 65 handicap despite her starting from the 11 barrier.

“She has drawn a bit awkwardly,” Northam said.

“I’ll leave it up to Robert (Thompson) as to where he wants to be. 

“It’s her first go at 1200m and I would have liked to have been closer to get a soft run.”

He hopes there is a “bit of speed on” to help his mare who won well within herself at Gunnedah to indicate she will “get the 1200m”.

“She’s going quite well, done everything right for me,” Northam added.

“I think she will run well. 

“It was a nice win at Gunnedah and it’s a nice race too, good prizemoney.”

While he’s trying to win a race he has been runner-up twice in Tamworth, trainer Sue Grills has a two- pronged Jardel Cup attack with Tree Fern and Keep It Danish.

It’s part of a big weekend for the Tamworth trainer.

She has Imeldamay and Ollie Vollie in at Eagle Farm today and a double barrelled attack on not only tomorrow’s $35,000 Jardel Cup but a pair of runners in the $15,000 2TM Country Music Cup (1000m) – Tomcatnaround and Get That Indya – as well as four other runners – Just Cooking (R2), Shannon Miss (R3) and Leica Snippet and Lunar Strategy (R7).

Imeldamay jumps from barrier three in the $45,000 Coca Cola Amatil Class 6 Handicap (1200m) at Eagle Farm.

She is striving for a seventh race win at just her 18th start.

Former stable apprentice Tim Bell rides the five-year-old mare as well as grand old warhorse Ollie Vollie, who is having his 81st start in today’s $50,000 Gallopers Sports Club Open Handicap (1200m). 

The 10-year-old lined up against former Tamworth 10-year-old The Jackal as well in a race in which he jumps from barrier six.

Ollie Vollie is coming off a last- start sixth in the Group 3 $200,000 George Moore Stakes at Eagle Farm on December 8, where he was beaten less than two lengths.

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