Kinder barrier gives Hammoon Boy a chance for Goodwin Kenny Spring Cup

INSIDE RUN: Hammoon Boy (yellow and black colours) with Greg Ryan on board pulls away from the field to win the FSDP Tamworth Rush last year.

INSIDE RUN: Hammoon Boy (yellow and black colours) with Greg Ryan on board pulls away from the field to win the FSDP Tamworth Rush last year.

HE ran a big third in this year’s Tamworth Cup when drawn wide but a much better barrier could help Hammoon Boy improve for the $20,000 Goodwin Kenny Spring Cup (1200m) at Tamworth.

Trained at Tamworth by Sue Grills, Hammoon Boy had to start from the cheap seats on April 30 when a narrow third to Timeless Prince and Mapmaker in the 1400m Tamworth Cup.

He will jump from barrier seven, although, Allan Chau won’t be aboard.

“He broke his hand at Gundagai yesterday,” Sue Grills said on Monday.

“I’ve just had a message from his manager and I’m now looking for a replacement.”

Hammoon Boy is one of her favourites.

An eight-year-old gelding son of Bite The Bullet who has won nine of his 50 starts and been placed another 14 times.

“He goes well at Tamworth too,” she said.

“He drew wide in the Tamworth Cup, had to get across and go forward. Just had to use him up a bit too much and only just got beat.”

He has had two runs back from a spell, the latest being a close third to Epic Dan in the Gunnedah Lightning.

“He drew wide there, too. That was also a good run,” Sue Grills said.

“He hasn’t had a lot of favours from the barrier draws, they do make a lot of difference, these days especially.

“He’s honest as the day is long, though. Always tries his heart out.

“I think he’s a nice each way chance in the Spring Cup.

“It’s a tough race, though. They all are these days. There are a lot of chances.”

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