SATURDAY’S $12,500 Barraba Cup (1400m) looms as one of the best on record, a race with as much quality as a TAB race, according to a long-time Barraba trainer.
Debbie Wilson has been training out of Barraba for more than two decades and has won a few Barraba Cups to boot.
“What a Cup field,” she said.
“It’s a TAB field.”
The likes of topweight Clever Hans, third in the recent Moree Cup, Walcha Cup winner Prior Baron, last year’s Barraba Cup winner Emotional Outburst, Dusty’s Felt and I Love Legs dominate the weights for the annual race.
Wilson has Change Of Face nominated in not only the Cup but also a benchmark 45
She is also worried all five of her runners might not gain starts, such is the depth of all the Cup-day races.
While it might be the best Cup field in a long while, she’s also expecting a good track.
“This rain came at just the right time,” she said at Tuesday’s Spring Cup meeting in Tamworth.
“The track should be perfect by Saturday.”
That is provided there is no more rain and forecasts of a fine and dry ending to the week are correct.
The good thing for Wilson though is Parlour King, who she didn’t nominate for Barraba, won at Tamworth on Tuesday’s heavy track.
The gelding was a comprehensive three and a half length winner of the 92.9/2TM Maiden Handicap (1600m).
After his win he also had a shock for apprentice jockey, Sue Bigg, dumping her onto the turf.
Thankfully she was okay and was able to complete her commitments later in the day.
Wilson was delighted on both fronts – that Bigg was unhurt and her gelding son of Casino Prince had broken his maiden at start 21.
“He’s Sue’s favourite horse,” Wilson said.
“He just tries his heart out every race.
“He should have probably won 10 starts ago.
“Sue rode him a bit more forward today.”
Parlour King did the rest, powering away to an impressive win.
Meanwhile, the Brett Partelle-trained Tasos received topweight yesterday for Monday’s $15,000 Coalface Magazine Carnival Of Cups Benchmark 60 Handicap.