Beattie’s two-pronged Condo Cup assault

Locals will be hoping the Steve Beattie trained Dad’s Boy can win the Condobolin Picnic Cup

For those travellers thinking they are going to pinch an easy Condobolin Picnic Race Club Cup victory tomorrow, think again; local trainer Steve Beattie is aiming to keep the cup in town. 
The Condo trainer, who has already won the race four times, will prepare Hope Island and Dad’s Boy for the $8000 feature event. 
“We have won it four times; twice with British Storm and with Barnard’s Castle and Spinning Dawn,” he said. 
“It’s always a bit harder to win here, the track definitely evens things up a bit.”
Beattie, who only trains two horses at the moment, works in closely with his wife, Simone Beattie, making it a real family affair on Saturday. 
“My wife does all the track work and it is just a bit of fun for us these days,” he said. 
“I own horses with other trainers but this is something we just do together.”
Of his two runners, Beattie is backing Hope Island to run a good race.
After failing in the Bedgerabong Picnic  Cup last weekend, the seven-year-old will be ridden by Wes Boyd and carries 68kg. 
“Hope Island is probably our best chance” he said. 
“We bought him off Bloodstock auctions ( as a tried horse and he won first up in a TAB race at Dubbo Turf Club, paying 40/1, which is handy.
“He is a honest horse; he ran terribly at Bedgerabong last week but he is a different horse this week.
“Don’t ask me why but he is certainly keener.”
Beattie believes Condobolin could be a tough ask for those travelling horses but was happy to admit a few visitors warranted some respect.
“It’s different dirt here and it can be a funny track but I would think Southern Gamble and Lulu’s Destiny would be the hardest to beat,” he said.
The four-time Condobolin Cup winner didn’t discount his other runner though, suggesting Dad’s Boy could be a headache for the likes of Southern Gamble, who traditionally takes up the running. 
The five-year-old, who has won four races, including a victory over the middle distance at Dubbo in December, will also have Julia Presits on board.
“Dad’s Boy I bred and he has been back here for a little bit and I’ve done nothing with him all week,” he said. 
“He can run over 2200m but he will go forward and be hunting for that lead.”
It remains to be seen if Beattie can add to his Condo Picnic Cup collection and add a fifth trophy. 
For those interested in making the trip out to Condobolin Picnic Race Club, the first race commences at 1.55pm.