Record holder Robert Thompson has been booked for the Tracey Bartley-trained General’s Sniper in Tuesday’s $27,500 Jungle Juice Cup (1350 metres) at Cessnock. Thompson holds the record with seven wins but has not saluted since scoring on Beaucastel in 1994. Champion country hoop Greg Ryan will partner topweight Never Doubt Me, while Peter Graham is on Tamworth and Beef Week Cup winner Universal Belief. Apprentice Serg Lisnyy pilots Beaveroo, the Cessnock 1350m record-holder and recent Cessnock Cup winner, which could back up in Sunday’s $50,000 South Grafton Cup. This will be the 31st running of the Jungle Juice Cup, first held in 1981 when Luskin Star’s jockey John Wade won on Valuatforx for his father, trainer Bill Wade.
RIDING IN THE BLOOD
Like a chip off the old block, James P Innes, the son of Sydney jockey Jamie Innes, gained good reviews after guiding the Patrick and Wayne Webster-trained Barigan Boy to victory at Bathurst last Tuesday. It was the lad’s second win after only four rides. And horse-wise, the Tommy Wong-trained Power Factor stamped himself as a runner to follow. After missing the start and conceding the leaders some 15 lengths, the gelding steamed home to score by nearly two lengths. ”I know some blokes who tore up their tickets early,” quipped racecaller Colin Hodges.
CLUB’S MILESTONE YEAR
Muswellbrook Race Club’s Darley Tiara on July 16 has received a $10,000 prizemoney boost. The 1500m event for fillies and mares is now worth $30,000. The club’s following meeting, on August 5, is its 150th anniversary race day. In addition, Muswellbrook has also been selected to host this year’s Melbourne Cup tour.
BOOMERANG COMES BACK
Dubbo trainer Peter Nestor has confirmed this campaign will be the last for his good sprinter Boomerang. The eight-year-old won the Coonamble Cannonball (1100m) last Sunday to record his 12th win from 60 starts. The son of Strategic-Marvilha has won $171,155 in prizemoney and is a half-brother to Nestor’s other multiple winner Lockers and Soul; the latter finished fourth to Black Caviar at Royal Ascot last week, beaten about a length. ”He’s been a terrific old horse but the system has got him buggered,” Nestor said. ”He can find a new home after this preparation.” Meanwhile, Nestor’s in-form gelding Too Hot To Touch, is heading to Newcastle next start for a benchmark 65 on Saturday week. The gelding has won three of his past four starts.
GRAFTON HEATS UP
Grafton-trained pair Getyourown and Castlemagne King won the two feature races at Murwillumbah last Sunday and are headed for more riches during the Grafton July carnival, which kicks off Thursday. The Paddy Cunningham-trained Getyourown won the $20,000 Murwillumbah Newmarket, Castlemagne King, prepared by Basil Ryan, the $28,000 Murwillumbah Cup. Getyourown is nominated for Thursday’s $20,000 John Carlton Cup and Castlemagne King the $20,000 Grafton Cup Prelude. Whether both horses are up to the $150,000 Ramornie and $150,000 Grafton Cup, respectively, is yet to be determined but they will chase part of the $1 million prizemoney on offer over the five-day carnival. The Clarence River Jockey Club received a huge 281 nominations for Thursday’s program.
TAB meetings: Today – Mudgee, Bowraville. Monday – Wagga. Tuesday – Cessnock. Thursday – Grafton. Friday – Gunnedah, Nowra. Saturday – Port Macquarie.
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