DUSTY’S Felt returns to his favourite track on Monday searching for the biggest win of his consistent career.
Yesterday, the Paul Grills-trained seven-year-old gelding drew barrier nine in the $35,000 Tooheys Armidale Cup (1900m) and is primed to continue his impressive home track efforts.
Since his 2011 purchase he has had 10 starts at Armidale, winning four and placing in three.
His latest effort was a second to Kwilas Law in the Armidale Cup Prelude.
He also finished third to Zippy Zariz and Kwilas Law in the 2012 Armidale Cup and has also notched placings in the Inverell and Gilgandra cups for his Armidale syndicate and trainer.
Four of his seven wins for his stable have come at Armidale while he has also placed 16 times for Grills at various tracks such as Moree, Tamworth, Dubbo, Toowoomba, Gilgandra, Armidale, Coffs Harbour and Grafton.
His most recent win was at Grafton where he led all the way to win over 1700m.
“He should have won his next start there (3rd) too,” Grills said of that Grafton win.
“I think they are just getting too slippery for him over the 1400m.”
Grills believes he is in the best form of his career after his most recent effort when second to Kwilas Law in the 1900m Armidale Cup Prelude.
“He’s done really well since that run,” he said.
“He had some nice steady work this morning and I’ll give him a bit more in the sand on Saturday. He has done really well this time in though – he been terrific.”
The only disappointment was an unplaced effort at Armidale when “he had a sore foot”.
The rest of his efforts have been typically good efforts, consistent with his performances since his syndicate purchased him from Toowoomba in 2011.
On Monday he will have Matthew Paget aboard.
He will front up again against Kwilas Law, who finished second, one position ahead of him, in the 2012 Armidale Cup.
Kwilas Law drew barrier three yesterday.
Cup favourite Brave Ali drew well in barrier seven with his Quirindi Cup winning jockey Kody Nestor back on board.
Fellow Armidale-trained Latitat (Stafford Wain) drew barrier eight and will be ridden by Terry