Andy bounces back to form to claim Brushgrove Cup

Andrew Parramore with Andy after a win at Lismore in 2021. Photo: Trackside Photography.

Early on, the Andrew Parramore-trained Andy looked like one of the Northern Rivers’ best sprinters.

The Whittington gelding out of Kitty Cotswold won four times in his first ten starts, including a good run of three wins at Lismore and Ballina before taking out the Yamba Cup (1195m) at Grafton in March of last year. 

Following a 26-week spell, the world was his oyster, but the Grafton galloper failed to live up to those expectations, finishing down the track in four runs before being sent back to the paddock. 

“We just had a little trouble with him last prep, and he lost a bit of form and mixed his runs a bit,” Parramore said. 

“He wasn’t 100% right in the hindquarter, and he was first-up at Ipswich when he did it; young Brooke Stower was on him and more or less pulled him up, and she felt him go.

“Matt Butler worked on him, and we felt like we had him right, but he still had a bit of trouble, so we turned him out again.”

Following another 19-week spell, Parramore started Andy in the Brushgrove Cup (1175m) at Grafton on Sunday, and the four-year-old returned to his best form. 

With Jake Bayliss in the saddle, the $19 chance bounced out of gate seven and eventually found the lead before pulling away for an impressive 1.31 lengths win from the Brett Cavanough-trained Two Ya Got (Jon Grisedale, $7) in second, while in third and 2.94 lengths back was the John Shelton-trained Cabsav (Cejay Graham, $21). 

“It was a good win; he’s come back in good order, and he seems to be over his troubles,” Parramore said. 

“Last prep, he looked like a 1400m horse, but after that win, he looks like he’s back to his best, and he showed speed out of the boxes, got on the bunny, and kicked in the straight – it was one of his better runs.”

Andy will now be set for bigger targets, including feature races over the Clarence River Jockey Club’s XXXX Gold July Carnival

“He’s still eligible for Metro and Class Six races in town, or you’re getting onto the carnival, and the (John) Carlton Cup, or maybe the Ramornie or Maclean Cup,” Parramore replied when asked what’s next for Andy?

“It was a good field and a really good win, and we’ll see how he pulls up and go from there.”

Parramore will head to Coffs Harbour on Friday with Sugar Road to contest the 1600m Class One Maiden Plate and Victory Beans in the 1000m Maiden Plate for colts and geldings. 

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