Top Tamworth trainer targets home and away

SUE Grills will launch a double-barrelled assault on not only Sunday’s $30,000 Jardel Cup (1200m) but also the main support race at Tamworth Jockey Club’s Country Music Cup meeting.

The Tamworth trainer, who is running third on the current HNWRA trainers’ premiership after winning last season’s title, has earmarked Tree Fern and Keep It Danish for Sunday’s Jardel Cup but before that has a trip to Brisbane today.

She has Miss Alignment and Monashee Woods both running at Doomben today.

“It’s been hard to find races for them down here,” Grills said.

“It’s a long way to go but they are nice races for both of them and both have done well.”

Five-year-old Miss Alignment is chasing a fourth career win at her 21st start and coming off a second to Rhodonite at Tamworth while Monashee Woods is a last-start winner.

The five-year-old gelding son of Monashee Mountain won a Class 3 1200m at Tamworth on Christmas Eve sitting three deep.

He has drawn barrier three today and also chases a fourth career win at his 11th start.

Grills did nominate for tomorrow’s Muswellbrook meeting but won’t accept.

Instead she will then concentrate on Sunday’s Jardel Cup meeting where she has eight of her stable nominated.

While Tree Fern and Keep It Danish contest the Jardel Cup, she also has Get That Indya and Tomcatnaround nominated for the 1000m Country Music Cup and confirmed all four would start yesterday.

“It’s going to be a busy day,” she said.

“Tree Fern and Keep It Danish will both run in the Jardel Cup at this stage.

“Both have done well. 

“Tree Fern hasn’t had a run for a while – she  had a couple of weeks off in the paddock after her last run.

“Get That Indya and Tomcatnaround will both start in the Country Music Cup.”

The Jardel Cup drew 16 nominations and includes the likes of Miss Teejay’s (Paul Berrigan), Golotto (Scott Thompson), Al Nova (Neil Godbolt), School of Turin (Darren Smith) and Urania Crown (Pat Farrell).

The Country Music Cup had 14 nominations yesterday and was one of four races extended until 11am today.

It includes recent Inverell Shorts winner Floral Insight (Jim Delaney), Country Cups star Prussian Secret (Cody Morgan) and Sarah’s Son (Leon Davies).

Tamworth received 95 nominations for the Jardel Cup meeting.