LEON Davies is on track to win a fourth successive $40,000 Coonamble Gold Cup (1600m) on Sunday.
The Tamworth trainer has nominated last year’s Cup winner, Clever Hans, for Sunday’s feature race, one of 17 nominees on a day that has attacted 122 nominations for an eight-race program.
Davies has won the past three Coonamble Cups, lining up for his first with Prussian Secret in 2010, following up with Altonio in 2011 and then tracking the treble with Clever Hans last year.
“He’s definitely going out,” Davies said yesterday.
“Young Taylah (his stable apprentice) will ride and she’ll claim four kilos off him. She rode him at Wellington the other – rode him a treat.”
Clever Hans finished third at Wellington for Davies, who also won the recent Dubbo Cup with Kurtley.
Last year was also a day to remember at Coonamble for Davies as he won the Baradine Cup with Twin Zero, however, he doesn’t have a runner in this year’s Baradine Cup, a $20,000 benchmark 75 handicap over 1100m.
That feature sprint has attracted just 10 nominations.
Sunday’s Cup has an impressive list of cup horses, who have won almost $2million in prizemoney between them.
Collectively the 17 have won 104 races for more than $1.9million.
Recent Narromine Cup winner, Mossamine, tops the prize-money list, his nine victories earning $326,985. He followed up Forbes Cup and Narromine Cup wins with a last start third to Kurtley and Bouzy Rouge in the Dubbo Cup.Bouzy Rouge has won five o her 25 starts for her Scone trainer Luke Griffith, who was named Country Trainer of the Year last Friday night.
Griffith has also nominated Kwilas Law for Sunday’s Cup.
The nine-year-old gelding ran second to Prussian Secret in the 2010 Coonamble Cup and in an amazing 94-start career has racked up 22 seconds and 12 thirds as well a his 10 wins for $187,390 in prizemoney.
Clever Hans has $187,725 in prizemoney from his 50 starts and nine wins.