SUNDAY’S $22,000 Hygain Romantic Dream 2YO Plate is the feature race on the Tamworth Jockey’s Club’s seven-race card but Tamworth trainer Melanie O’Gorman has her own romantic dream in Sydney on Saturday.
O’Gorman runs talented Suncraze in the $200,000 TAB Highway Anniversary Handicap (1400m) at Royal Randwick.
The hugely talented Suncraze has never finished worse than second in his nine-start career, with the four-year-old gelding son of Henrythenavigator winning on debut at Dubbo before running six successive seconds.
He has also won his last two, both of which were Highway Handicaps at Rosehill and Randwick, on his way to earning $123,010 for owner Russ Gow-Gates.
Corey Brown, who will ride She Will Reign later in the $10 million The Everest at Royal Randwick, has the ride on the Anniversary favourite.
He was aboard Suncrase when the horse won at Rosehill last time out and he suitably impressed by the performance.
O’Gorman has trialled Suncraze at Newcastle since that Highway win, with him running second to After All That, who is also in today’s Anniversary Highway for Scone trainer Rod Northam.
The Scott Thompson-trained Exitozo is also another Hunter and North West Racing Association runner in the rich $200,000 anniversary and jumps from barrier five with Rachael Murray on top.
Suncraze has drawn ideally in seven while after All That has drawn barrier three for Northam, who will also start My Tagoson in the $100,000 TAB Highway Consolation (1400m).
Scone’s Brett Cavanough (Last Try Wins) and Muswellbrook’s Pat Farrell (Alliterate) will also be represented in the Consolation.
There will be a Tamworth connection in The Everest, with Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign co-owned by Bianca and Andrew Pieper.
Andrew Peiper told The Northern Daily Leader this week that the nerves affect him whenever the horse runs.
“It [nervousness] started this week,” Pieper said. “It hasn’t been pretty sleep wise but it’s a good excitement, not a bad one. With the nerves, it feels like the Golden Slipper again.”