Craig Weeding hopes $600 purchase continues good form at Gundagai

Craig Weeding with Bethpage after her dominant win at Tumut on Boxing Day.

Craig Weeding will be hoping new addition Bethpage can make it back-to-back wins at Gundagai’s Adelong Cup meeting on Sunday. 

The six-year-old, which most recently raced in Tasmania, was purchased by Weeding for a bargain price, and she came out and put paid to her rivals at Tumut on Boxing day, winning the 1000m Benchmark 50 Handicap in fine style. 

The Reward for Effort mare will be on the quick back-up at Gundagai, and Weeding is hoping she continues to deliver for connections.  

“Small fish are sweet, and she will come up against the same field and we hope she can put in a similar performance.” Weeding said. 

“I don’t see why she can’t; I think she has come through the run pretty well.

“Her form was good when I bought her. She was running in good graded races, and well she proved that at Tumut, and I think she can do a similar job at Gundagai.”

Weeding paid next to nothing for the three-time winner, and he explained how the sale eventuated. 

“I put a bid on her online on a Sunday night for $600, and I opened up the browser on the Tuesday to see what she had gone for, thinking she would go for a bit more, and she was still $600, meaning I had bought her,” Weeding said. 

“The previous owners had her for two preps in Tassie and she hadn’t won a race for them, but she had run some really good races.

“I think she was rated 60 over there, and I knew she would be a lot lower over here, and well she had been four weeks in the paddock, and I don’t think they wanted to put her back in work, so it worked out really well for us.

“As it is, she had only cost us $1500 when she went to the races, so we are already ahead.”

On paper, Bethpage looks to be the best of Weeding’s chances at Gundagai, with Jett Stanley taking the ride, while connections have drawn well with gate two. 

Weeding, who won the Gundagai Cup back in April with Prince of Helena, will also have Choice Harvest contesting the 1400m Adelong Cup, with the Wangaratta trainer chasing a rare double.

Connections have drawn gate 5 in the $15,000 event, and apprentice jockey Fiona Sandkuhl takes the ride.

“I think he is going great. He’s had a nice little gap in between runs. He is back to 1400m, and he is fresh, and I think he can run really well,” Weeding said. 

The eight-year-old is a nine-time winner, and Weeding believes his old stager finds the right race at Gundagai’s non-TAB meeting.

“He bounces between his grades, and he will win a race, and then it takes him a few runs to get back down in the ratings and he wins again,” Weeding said. 

“He is certainly right in this non-TAB New Year’s Day cup race and all being fair, he should go very close.”

Weeding travels to Gundagai with five runners and Add Milk (Fiona Sandkuhl) competes in the 1400m Maiden Handicap, Red Cut Rock (Fiona Sandkuhl) takes on the 1000m Maiden Plate, while Battle Talent (Teighan Worsnop) contests the 1180m Class One Handicap. 

It’s Adelong’s big day on Sunday, and gates open at 11am, while racing jumps at 1.30pm. 

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Gundagai Tips

Race 1: 1-3-5

Race 2: 4-7-1

Race 3: 6-3-8

Race 4: 6-5-2

Race 5: 4-7-6