Dubbo Turf Club’s Silver Goblet never fails to disappoint, with the two-year-old feature race annually bringing together some very handy youngsters from across the state.
On Friday, the $40,000 sprint, which is run over the 1100m journey, will headline a massive eight-race showcase program at Dubbo, and again punters are spoilt for choice.
In the field of 11, the Tracey Bartley-trained Marillier ($3) is favourite, while the Paul Messara-trained Deitasse ($4.4) is second in the market order.
One runner that appears to offer punters good value is the Jan Bowen-trained Ollie’s Secret ($34).
The Muswellbrook galloper will be having his first start, but the Adelaide gelding gets in nicely with gate five, while the stable has acquired the services of Anthony Cavallo.
Ollie’s Secret looks to have some ability too, after winning a trial over the 1000m at Scone late last month.
Kody Nestor rode the two-year-old in the trial, and after starting moderately, he sat last before finishing strongly to win in a time of 1:00.84, registering a final 600m of 36.03.
Bowen was happy with the effort, but she admitted he would only be better for the run at Dubbo.
“The Adelaide’s are a bit up tight, but he will mature as he gets a bit older. Still, I couldn’t be happier him,” Bowen said.
“I am thinking, if he takes after the sire, he will definitely be better a bit later on and this is his first outing, and we will play it by ear, but we couldn’t be happier with his trial.
“He knew nothing, and Kody (Nestor) got up him a bit throughout the trial, but he hit the line with his ear’s pricked and I think he will be better when he gets over a bit further.”
Bowen does have an opinion of Ollie’s Secret though, having entered him in Saturday’s $130,000 Schweppes Handicap at Royal Randwick before opting for the Dubbo feature instead.
“He is an Adelaide (gelding), so he is a bit new to it all, but he does have ability,” Bowen said.
“We had him in at town but the other one (Running Bear) we had in the Highway (Handicap) drew gate 20 and we scratched him, and we thought we were better off taking him (Ollie’s Secret) to Dubbo.
“He is a nice horse, and wherever he goes, we think he will run a nice race.”
Bowen was happy to have Cavallo in the saddle on Friday, and she said it was just a matter of seeing how he went on the day.
“We have a good jockey on board, and he certainly knows what he is doing,” Bowen said.
“I just have to get him out there safe and sound and we will see how he goes but I’m sure whatever he does, he will be better for it.”
It could be a big three days for the Muswellbrook stable, who will race at Dubbo and Taree on Friday and Gulgong on Sunday.
At Taree, Zakor (Jeff Penza) will contest the Corey Brown Cup over the 1000m journey.
At Gulgong, Bowen has Boys Cry going around in the 1400m Maiden Handicap and Badboy McCoy entered in the 1200m Gulgong Cup, with Cavallo taking both rides.
Bowen believes Badboy McCoy can run a big race in the Gulgong feature.
“I think he will run a big bold race,” Bowen said.
“I can’t draw barriers, but this is the first time he has drawn a decent barrier and it might be a bit too short for him, but from that barrier, I think he will be very hard to beat.”
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