After being postponed earlier this month, the Cootamundra Cup is back on Friday and in a great sign for the Cootamundra Turf Club, they will be able to have a crowd trackside.
The feature race of the day is the Cootamundra Cup, a tough 1600m Open Handicap, which has attracted gallopers from the South East, Southern Districts and Central West.
The Nick Olive trained Ready To Humble has been thereabouts in Country Cups at his last three starts, contesting the Murwillumbah Cup (2nd, beaten 2.3 lengths), Dubbo Cup (5th, beaten 2.7 lengths) and Coonamble Cup (3rd, beaten 1 length)
The Canberra trainer will be hoping fourth time’s a charm for his talented galloper when back on a rain affected track (7:3-1-1).
Olive also saddles up Invincible Dash and he is looking for a soft track (5:2-0-1) after an impressive one length win in the Bateman’s Bay Cup (BM66) last start on a soft 7 but he will need some luck from barrier 2.
One runner coming out of the Coonamble Cup with claims is Ecker Road 10th (4.1, beaten lengths), where he drew tricky and went back to last against his usual pattern.
I would expect the Bryan Dixon runner to sit prettier from gate 6 and bounce back into the placings.
The other visitor coming out of the Coonamble Cup is the Clint Lundholm trained Notabadidea, which disappointed at Coonamble (11th, beaten 6.4 lengths) after jumping awkwardly.
I have been on him at his last couple starts at odds but I’m jumping off here, although it would not surprise if he ran a big race.
Dip Me Lid loves the mile (10:2-4-3), only missing the money once, however that was last start at Goulburn when fading from the lead back to 7th, beaten 3.5 lengths).
Keith Dryden has given him about a month off since and he looks a place chance.
Kurt Goldman’s Black Wand featured in that Goulburn race as well and was very strong producing the best last 600m sectional of the day when coming from last at the turn to grab 4th, beaten 1.3 lengths.
The Goulburn galloper has had a run since, putting in a poor run for 11th, beaten 5.4 lengths. He is a lean place play.
Zounique beat Black Wand home last start when 5th, beaten 2.2 lengths and arguably should have finished closer after weaving through traffic.
If the Luke Pepper gelding can get some luck from the tail of the field after drawing 1, he is a big danger.
2020 Winner: Gentleman Max ridden by Blaike McDougall and trained by Keith Dryden.
Race 1: The Big Seal, Devine Miss
Race 2: Nats Enough, Don’t Question Me
Race 3: Blood Ties, Bromelia
Race 4: Lights On The Hill, Affiliate
Race 5: All Formidable, Flying Honour
Race 6: Makuba, Oh No Mikki
Race 7: Ready To Humble, Zounique
Race 8: Madison Point, Delivered
A bit about Cootamundra
Lying down in the South West Slopes region of the Riverina is the beautiful town of Cootamundra affectionally known as ‘Coota.’
It’s located a 2-hour drive North West from Canberra and is famous for a couple things, including the ‘Cootamundra Wattle’, celebrated by the ‘Wattle Time’ festival held whenever the wattle begins to bloom, while Cootamundra is also the birthplace of one of Australian’s greatest ever cricketers, Sir Donald Bradman.
You can learn all about Sir Don at Bradman’s Birthplace Museum, which is full of cricket history, or you can take a wander down the Captain’s Walk in Jubilee Park, which features over 40 sculptures of Australian test captains and Indigenous cricketer Unaarrimi, who was part of the first team to tour England in 1868. The walk also features a life-sized statue of Bradman.
Coota is a great town for the family with plenty of outdoor activities like the BMX track, having a dip in the swimming pool, playing a round at the oldest golf course in NSW or enjoying one of the numerous parks.
You could even time your trip to be in town when the Cootamundra Show is on, held annually on the third weekend of October.