INVERELL Cup starts are not certain for Sue Grills and Mark Mason-trained throughbreds, the leading trainers said on Tuesday.
Grills, who won the Inverell Cup two years ago with record-breaking Usain Prince, nominated Monashee Woods for next Wednesday’s Cup.
“He should get a run,” she said after winning the first race at Tamworth on Tuesday.
“And if I run him today he won’t need a hard hit-out before it.”
Monashee Woods subsequently ran fourth behind Twin Zero in the third race on Tuesday.
Grills also has Keep It Danish nominated in the Shorts (1010m) but is only “50/50” about running.
“It’s a bit short for her.
“She’s missed the start the last couple of runs too.”
Grills also won the sprint race at Inverell Cup day with Studio Star a few years back.
Mason nominated two for the Cup – Emotional Outburst and Been Awakened.
“I threw them both in to see what sort of race it turned out,”Mason said.
“The old horse (Emotional Outburst) will probably go to Gilgandra (Cup).
“The other one is only a Class 3 horse.
“Last year’s Cup wasn’t real strong so I thought I’d throw her in.
“There is a Class 3 1400m a couple of days later at Tamworth for her.
“I’ll probably take her there.”
One Tamworth trainer who might just well run at Inverell is Leon Davies.
He nominated Clever Hans, who he now owns outright.
The recent Brisbane winner looks a certain starter although Davies is a little worried about the state of the track and weather
Davies also had Clever Hans entered to run on Tuesday but elected not to start and keep the Cups winner for next Wednesday’s $30,000 Inverell Cup (1400m).
“I knew Twin Zero would win today so it was no good running one-two,” he said on Tuesday.
“And Clever Hans has done well too. We’ve kept him ticking over.
“He’ll go up to Inverell with a 4kg claim as well.”
Davies might head Tuesday’s winner, Twin Zero, to next Wednesday’s Gilgandra Cup after he ran his opponents off their legs at Tamworth in Tuesday’s Bath Stewart & Associates Open Handicap (1400m).
The six-year-old gelding led from start to finish to beat the Wayne Wilkes-trained Danesri by a neck.
Stable apprentice Taylah Gray notched her third career win in what was Twin Zero’s eighth career win, in a race they had planned to lead throughout as well.
“We wanted to use Taylah’s 4kg claim,” he said of an unsuccessful ploy they had used at Tamworth at his previous start on his heavy, home track.
“He wasn’t fit enough on the wet track,” Davies said of that effort.
“We might go to Gilgandra now,” he said of next Wednesday’s 1300m Cup.
The saucer track at Gilgandra would suit Twin Zero’s front-running efforts of late.
INVERELL CUP NOMS
Wednesday, January 1
Been Awakened (Mark Mason) 61, Bombproof (Scott Dixon) 54, Clever Hans (Leon Davies) 86, Counterspy (Campbell Roberts), Dusty’s Felt (Paul Grills) 62, Emotional Outburst (Mark Mason) 71, Fault Lion (Dean S Smith) 44, Jurassic Star (Michelle Fleming) 48, Monashee Woods (Sue Grills) 67, Perfect Timing (Joanne Hardy) 71, Perlaact (Greg Drury) 64, Rioqualo (Luke Berger) 62, Sambora (Karen Fox) 68, Shazza’s Bubbles (Ross Stitt), Sir Will Do (Robyn Pritchard) 73, Spanish Halo (Wayne Oakenfull), Storm Ahead (Sandra McCormack) 54, Strike Me Lucky (Steve Hodge) 72, Universal Belief (Jim Delaney) 80, Waikiki Gold (Luke Berger) 64, Wolfgangs Boy (Jane Clement) 61.