EMOTIONAL Outburst has the history to suggest the eight-year-old gelding can win today’s $40,000 Coona Bowlo Coonabarabran Cup (1600m).
The son of Johannesburg is well drawn (2) and drops in weight (57.5kg) from winning the 1400m Barraba Cup to today’s 54kg in the metric mile on a track renowned for its tough uphill finish.
“He hasn’t had a run since winning the Barraba Cup,” trainer Mark Mason said.
“Last year we wanted to start him in both cups, Coonamble and Coonabarabran, but he jarred up after the Coonamble Cup (fourth to Clever Hans).
This year we decided to give Coonamble a miss and keep him for Coonabarabran.
“He has done well since Barraba too. His work has been good. I also think he gained a bit of confidence from his win at Barraba. He seems a bit of a different horse since, his attitude has been better.
“It’s not a bad race though. There’s some handy horses in it. A couple that go not too badly. The toppie, Universal Belief, has a good horse’s weight (61.5kg) if he starts.
“But my bloke will run a good race, I think he’s a really good each way chance.”
Mason said the Coonabarabran Cup is always a “good test”.
That uphill run is a good challenge, he said.
“That’ll test them out,” he said of a track that rises “42 feet” according to club VP and local trainer Mick Cox (see Page 27).
“You’ve got to have a good strong horse for Coona.”
Mason hasn’t won a Coona Cup but has gone close.
“Mr Shinjuku ran second one year and Youthful Edition and Tara Express might have run second or third in it too, not sure. But emotional Outburst has won over 2000 at Rosehill back in his day.
“You need a tough horse out there.”
As a younger horse Emotional Outburst did win over 2000m at Rosehill in 2009.
Four years on and he’s coming off a good Barraba Cup win, his second in succession at Barraba for Mason, who hails from the small town.
Mossamine also comes into the race well on weights.
The Clint-Lundholm trained gelding won the 1600m Forbes and Narromine Cups before finishing second in the Moree Cup to Winning Review and third to Kurtley in the Dubbo Cup, beaten a half length.
A close up fifth to Fox Solid in last Sunday’s Coonamble Cup has rounded out his preparation.
He had 59kg last Sunday but with Joe Saiki’s 2kg claim comes into the race with 55.5kg.
Bouzy Rouge is also beautifully weighted, carrying just 54kg with Greg Ryan to jump from barrier 10.
Her last five starts have all been over 1600m including a win at Scone and seconds in the Dubbo Cup and at Warwick Farm last time out.