JEFFERSON Park chases a fifth win in six starts when the talented and lightly-raced gelding contests today’s $15,000 Hygain Spring Cup (1200m) at Tamworth.
With a spell looming large, he will have to cope with a heavy track after yesterday’s rain.
A $3 pre-post favourite, JeffersonPark is having just his 13th start today.
The son of Dream Ballad has won three of his seven starts at Tamworth and also won on dead (2) and slow surfaces.
“He’s done well,” trainer Craig Martin said yesterday.
“But he wants a spell and will be off to the paddock after this.
“He is a bit of a tired horse so I’ve freshened him up.”
Jefferson Park won at Tamworth on August 12 and then backed it up with a good win at Mudgee last Sunday week.
“That was a good win at Mudgee,” Martin said of the last-start effort.
“It was the right sort of race for him and the track was hard.
“But he’s a horse who has a lot to learn.”
It’s a big day for Martin if rain doesn’t interfere.
He has the likes of Carnvon, Reinette, Witches Britches and Smokin’ Jack going around.
Carnvon and Reinette could also be off to the paddock.
Today’s meeting is also the first meeting back for suspended apprentice Matthew Powell.
He was suspended for nine months for testing positive to a banned substance.
However, the 19-year-old had that term reduced to six months after undergoing an agreed counselling program with HNWRA stewards.
While Powell isn’t back race riding yet, he is back riding work.
“He also hopes to be indentured to Craig Martin but is under trial with the Tamworth trainer.
“I’m just riding work trying to get fit,” Powell said.
“I’ll have a few barrier trials as well and get my weight down.”
Powell weighed in at 54kg yesterday morning and hopes to reduce that to 52kg in the next week or so.