A TWO kilogram penalty for winning at Port Macquarie last Friday might have made Circle Of Fame’s chances of winning today’s $15,000 Ken Howard Cup (2300m) too tough.
The 10-year-old Moonbi gelding, prepared by Ruth Cooper, received an extra two kilograms this week for his win over 2000m at Port Macquarie last Friday.
It was his 11th career win at start number 105 and his second successive victory after wins at Grafton on the final day of the Clarence River Jockey Club’s July carnival.
Cooper, who will also start Mullet Man in tomorrow’s $80,000 Carlton Mid 2014 Coffs Harbour Gold Cup (1600m), thinks Circle Of Fame’s 2kg penalty is a cup killer.
“It might bring him undone,” Cooper told The Leader.
“He’s now got a big weight (59.5kg) against a horse (Samsili) who has won at the provincials recently.
“We’ve just won a couple of little country races and copped a two kg penalty for it. I can’t see us beating Samsili at the weights.
“He deserves his chance though because he’s beaten everything else in the field .
“We are backing up though (from last Friday)”.
Circle Of Fame was bought as a tried horse with four wins to his name by Cooper.
She races the son of Arena with Manilla’s Ann Ferguson and Dolly Norman. “We’ve had a lot of fun with him,” Cooper said.
‘He’d won four all up when we got him, a couple metros and a couple at Newcastle. He’s been consistent, always brings in a cheque she said of a gelding who has won a tick under $250,000 in prize money.
Circle Of Fame has drawn barrier four and will be ridden by Glenn Lynch today.
Tomorrow Ray Spokes takes the ride on Mullet Man in a strong Coffs Harbour Cup including the likes of Bouzy Roge, Ross Stitt’s pair Southern Shimmer and Youthful Jack and Chris Waller’s Disciple.
Mullet Man jumps from barrier six in tomorrow’s Cup.
‘“He’ll run a good race,” Cooper said.
“It might be a little short for him.”:
He’s looking towards the Taree Cup (2000m) and some other Country Cups after freshening him from the Grafton Cup where he finished 12 lengths astern of Queenstown after facing the breeze in a tough race and having a poor recovery the next day.