Can Heywood deliver in Adelong Cup?

Chris Heywood has Delivered as the top weight in the Adelong Cup tomorrow. Photo: Chris Heywood Racing.

Chris Heywood will be hoping to kick off 2021 in style when he travels to Gundagai-Adelong Race Club for the annual Adelong Cup tomorrow.

Heywood has Delivered going around in the 1400m feature event and is confident that a more suitable class of race combined with an increase in distance has his charge ready to turn around his recent form around.

“It looks a nice race for him. This race just stood out,” Heywood said. 

“He has been in unsuitable races; he has been going around in open company over the 1200m the last couple of runs and realistically, he has been ready for the 13 and 14 (hundred metres) but we have not been able to find the right races.”

The top weight was lugged with 60kg in the Benchmark 66 Handicap, but four-kilogram claiming apprentice, Hannah Williams, will take the ride. 

“It’s the weakest race he has been in for a hell of a long time and to get in and get four kilos off is pretty good too,” Heywood said.

The Wagga trainer said drawing gate nine in the 12-horse field didn’t bother him either.  

“He normally gets back a little bit, and he doesn’t like going between horses, so he will go around them,” Heywood said. 

Delivered has been a good earner for connections, with seven wins from 51 starts, earning over $150,000 in prize money, and Heywood hopes a good showing in the Adelong Cup will kick-start the eight-year-old’s preparation, with some suitable races on offer early in 2021.

“He still has TAB wins in him, there are some real nice races after this coming up and we will continue taking it race-by-race,” Heywood said. 

The five-race non-TAB program will be a welcome relief to participants and racing fans alike in the Southern Districts, after bushfire smoke cancelled the club’s 2020 edition, while Covid-19 has caused many clubs in the area to decide not to race in the past nine months.  

“We have a fair few non-tabbers in this area. They are good meetings that are suited for the right type of horse and at the right time,” Heywood said. 

“If he doesn’t go there, he has got nothing, so it worked out pretty good.”

The Gundagai-Adelong Race Club will kick off their meeting at 1.50pm, with 48 runners accepting for the program.