REIGNING Country trainer of the year and HNWRA trainer Luke Griffith can enliven an already good start to the new season by winning next Tuesday’s $65,000 Mt Arthur Coal Muswellbrook Cup (1500m).
And the Scone trainer, who won the recent 1600m Coonabarabran Cup with six-year-old mare Bouzy Rouge, has two chances in next Tuesday’s feature, after also nominating last-start winner Akamas.
While Universal Belief received 60kg topweight yesterday, Bouzy Rouge went up half a kilo for her brilliant Coonabarabran Cup win and will carry just 54.5kg on Tuesday.
Stablemate Akamas drops six kilos from his benchmark 65 win at Scone to carry a luxury 54kg.
He has won five of his 15 starts while Bouzy Rouge has won six of her 27 starts.
Prior to Coonabarabran, she had run close seconds at Wyong, Dubbo (Cup) and Warwick Farm for her Scone trainer who won his first NSW Country Trainers’ premiership last season as well as his second Hunter and North West Racing Association title.
“She pulled up well too from Coona,” Griffith said.
“With 54.5kg, she’s not too badly weighted.
“Universal Belief compressed the weights a fair bit too and Akamas only has 54kg.
“Greg Ryan had the choice of riding both and has stuck with Bouzy Rouge.”
Griffith is equal second on the HNWRA trainers’ premiership and enjoying another good season which could receive a huge kickalong by winning him a second $65,000 Mt Arthur Coal Muswellbrook Gold Cup (1500m) after he also won with bargain-buy campaigner Without A Chance.
He also has He’s Dreamin’ (54.5kg) and Kwilas Law (60kg) lining up in Tuesday’s $20,000 Muswellbrook Shire Council Mayors Cup (2300m) and I Love Legs runs in Sunday’s $20,000 Darley Wayne Harris B70 Handicap (1280m) at Muswellbrook’s Skellatar Park where the grey gelding has drawn barrier one.
In all, he has four of his stable entered on Sunday and another 14 for Tuesday’s Muswellbrook Cup and Tamworth meetings but where they all start depends on barrier draws.