GAVIN Groth hopes to continue his run of success in tomorrow’s $8000 Booroomooka Angus Stud Bundarra Cup (1400m) with The Early Bird and then cheer on a bird of a different sporting feather in Sydney on Sunday.
A devout Sydney Roosters fan, Groth will head down from Gunnedah to the NRL grand final either tomorrow night or early Sunday morning.
Having a Bundarra Cup tucked under his wing would be just the grand final omen Groth would love.
Like all his fellow HNWRA trainers, travel is such a big part of his weekly schedule.
Last weekend he was at the Gulargambone Cup meeting where apprentice Sue Bigg urged home Timetable to a victory.
Then he was at Cessnock on the Monday to win with Darkness.
He didn’t have a runner at Tamworth on Tuesday’s Romantic Dream day but he did trial Bundarra Cup hope, The Early Bird, after the last race.
Leanne Henry, who will ride The Early Bird in tomorrow’s Bundarra Cup, had the trial ride.
“He won up there last year,” Groth said of the six-year-old gelding.
“He won the 1700m and might have set a class record.
“He’s going to be first up Saturday but trialled nicely.”
Darkness, he said, won well at Cessnock.
“He took a bit of working out after his first prep,” Groth said.
“But he’s going well. He’s had eight starts for three wins and couple of seconds.”
He’s started in Mendooran and Barraba Cups and Groth believes he has a few more wins in him yet.
Timetable, he said, is a gallant old gelding.
“He’s a nine-year-old,” he said.
“That was about his 70th start at Gular and his seventh win.
“To still be winning at that age is pretty good.
“That was also his 11th or 12th run this prep too. He’s done well.”
He hopes The Early Bird runs well tomorrow after drawing barrier six yesterday and then the other bird, the Roosters, win Sunday.
“I’ve been a fan ever since Horrie Hastings was there,” he said.
“That and the fact they also play in the red, white and blue like Gunnedah.”
Before his horse training days, Groth was a first grade prop for the Gunnedah Bulldogs in the Group 4 competition and doesn’t mind admitting he’s a “big fan”.
Just when he leaves for the grand final is dependent on how he arrives back in Gunnedah tomorrow evening after the Bundarra Cup.