EUMERALLA Quest might be the 16-1 outsider in today’s $15,000 Freight Specialists Benchmark 60 Handicap (2100m) at Tamworth but that won’t worry the seven-year-old Armidale gelding.
The son of West Quest has won at Tamworth and might be on track for a Mornington Handicap at Tamworth next year if he can rediscover his good form from earlier this year.
After winning at Tamworth he won at Port Macquarie and then finished fourth to Brave Ali in the 2100m Mornington Prelude.
His trainer, Armidale’s Robert Knight, thought he’d done enough and sent him for a spell.
Three runs back and Knight is hoping he can overcome a disappointing start at Tamworth two runs back when beaten 12 lengths by fellow Armidiilan, Storm Ahead.
“That was on a heavy track though,” Knight said of an official Heavy 9 on September 17.
“He just wasn’t on that day, didn’t want to race. But he did also take five runs to hit his straps last time in too.
“I just hope he’s back. He’s been working well and his run at Grafton the other day was good. Came from a long way back.”
With Noriuki Masada’s four kilo claim Eumeralla Quest had just 56 and did well to finish just four and a half lengths astern in eighth.
“He’s done well since Grafton too,” Knight said.
If he can rediscover that good from that won races at Tamworth and Port Macquarie then next year’s Armidale Cup (1900m) and Tamworth’s Mornington (2100m) come into play.
At 16-1 Knight will have a few bucks each way too in a race where the Paul Messara-trained Non Stop Rock is a 7-4 favourite.
The four-year-old daughter of Fastnet Rock is lightly raced, and won three of her nine starts for more than $32,000 in prizemoney.
She’s also won her past two after a third at Scone and second at Cessnock.
A success at Mudgee over 1600m was followed by her latest win in a benchmark 60 1750m at Muswellbrook.
She drew barriers nine and 10 at her past two starts and jumps from eight with Kody Nestor on board today.
FREIGHT SPECIALISTS B60 MARKET
7-4 Non Stop Rock, 7-2 Old Jimmy, 9-2 Kwilas Law, 6-1 Circle Of Fame, 10-1 Missing In Action, 14-1 Baabulu, Parlour King, 16-1 Eumeralla Quest.