WINNING a Coonamble Cup on Sunday with Mossamine would sit nicely with Dubbo trainer Clint Lundholm.
The 23-year-old trainer is the grandson of legendary Coonamble trainer John Lundholm and winning a “home town cup” would help to honour his grandfather, who helped Clint when he started out as an apprentice jockey and then, about 18 months, become a fully-fledged trainer.
Last Friday night Country Racing officials presented John Lundholm with an Outstanding Achievement Award at the Country Racing Awards in Sydney.
“Pop was pleased as punch,” Clint said yesterday.
“It’s great that they recognised him with that because of what he’d done and how many country clubs he’s supported.”
As a mentor John Lundholm has been a huge influence on Clint’s professional career.
He rode as an apprentice for three years and then also rode the picnics for a couple as well.
“Now he’s forging a career in the training ranks.
On Sunday he has Mossamine lining up in the $40,000 Coonamble Cup (1600m).
Last year he had Relentless Lad and Flash Academy engaged but had to watch good mate, Leon Davies, win with Clever Hans.
Davies also beat him in the recent Dubbo Cup when Kurtley gained a great rails run to beat Bouzy Rouge and Mossamine by a half length.
“We have a good rivalry,” Clint joked of his mateship with the Tamworth trainer, who has Clever Hans in the Coonamble Cup again.
Both Mossamine and Clever Hans are benchmarked at 80 and were allotted joint 59kg topweight yesterday.
Davies has won the last three Coonamble Cups with Prussian Secret, Altonio and Clever Hans.
“I’ve bought the last three winners in the Calcutta,” Clint said.
Maybe Mossamine can turn the tables on Davies and the opposition and win on Sunday.
The seven-year-old gelding has won more than $326,000 in his 63 start career so far.
“I’ve only had him his last three runs,” Lundholm said.
“I brought him home when he won the Forbes Cup. Then he won the Narromine Cup for me and was second in the Moree Cup (to Winning Review) and then third to Kurtley in the Dubbo Cup here the other day.
“We’ve trialled him since, took him to Orange . He’s such a good doer we needed to do something with him. He’s done well in his work since, worked well this morning in a good gallop. It’s the best he’s pulled up so far. I think we did the right thing in trialling him.”
The Coonamble Cup looks like being a strong race too and Lundholm believes it will be a tough race.
“But he’s going to be 100 per cent for it,” he said.
“We’ll go up there and hopefully pull it off.” That will also be a triumph for Clint’s father, John junior, who is also one half of the Dubbo stable in what is a real family effort.
COONAMBLE CUP WEIGHTS
Clever Hans (Leon Davies) 59, Mossamine (Clint Lundholm) 59, Fox Solid (Garry McCarney) 56.5, Toranaga (Bob Howe) 56, First Class Ticket (Allan Denman) 55.5, Bouzy Rouge (Luke Griffith) 54.5, Emotional Outburst (Mark Mason) 54.5, Benevento (Rod Northam) 54, Devilgate Road (Craig Martin) 54, Full on By (Ross Balcombe) 54, Kwilas Law (Luke Griffith) 54, Lucky Murphy (Peter Nestor) 54, Oh My Papa (Greg Bennett) 54, Okane (Kris Lees) 54, Orbitor (Greg Preston) 54, Segeant Bilko (Lindsey Kennedy) 54, Temperate Prince (Robbie