Tumut trainer Kerry Weir will look to add another country cup to the mantlepiece on Saturday when venturing to Leeton.
The stable will have Crocodile Cod contesting the 1600m feature and Weir believes his five-year-old will be primed third-up this preparation.
“That’s his class of race,” Weir said.
“That’s why the Mrs (Michelle Weir) and I got him – to win these little country cups.”
“We won the Adelong Cup with him, and he went amiss in the Tumut Cup, then we went to race him at Holbrook but things didn’t go right and we didn’t run him.
“He is good now, and he is getting fit and he will suit a race like this.”
The Cluster gelding returned from a seven-week freshen-up at Wagga last month, placing eighth of nine over the 1000m, before finishing down the track at Gundagai on Sunday over 1180m.
Weir wasn’t worried though and he explained it was a matter of getting Crocodile Cod fit and firing for the mile trip.
“His first run was over the 1000m, and that was his first start over that distance in 30-odd starts and it didn’t suit him but it was just a blow out,” Weir said.
“Then we took him to Gundagai because there were no races for him anywhere and he needed a run and it was a (Benchmark) 66 and it was too short being over 1180m but he needed a run – it’s as simple as that.”
Weir doesn’t think he has won a Leeton Cup, and he hopes the Tumut galloper is suited to the track and the on-speed style of racing at Leeton.
“He is the type of horse that track should suit. He races up on the pace, and you don’t want to get too far back there at Leeton,” Weir said.
Johnny Kissick will take the ride on Crocodile Cod, and in the 1050m Class two Handicap, Simon Miller will team up with Weir when riding recent Wagga winner, Pretty Extreme.
Since the three-year-old fillies maiden win at Wagga over the 1000m, she has failed to fire, finishing down the track at her next three starts, which included a disappointing ninth at Gundagai on Sunday.
“It’s a drop in class for her at Leeton, especially on the last two runs,” Weir said.
“I was disappointed with her run the other day, but a few things didn’t go to plan, but we will try a few new things and put a senior rider back on her and hopefully that makes the difference.”
Weir will also travel to Wagga on Sunday, with maiden galloper Touchable Witness returning from a 14-week spell in the 1000m Maiden Plate for colts and geldings.
“He is fresh as a daisy, but I would like to see him third-up over 1200m,” Weir said.
“He won’t be too far away, but we need to get him right and he needs consistent racing.”
It’s a busy week of racing for the region, with Canberra racing today, Grenfell and Leeton racing on Saturday, Wagga on Sunday and Albury on Thursday.
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