Donna Scott duo set for strong Corowa Cup

The Donna Scott-trained Snap Book will go around on Saturday’s Corowa cup. Image: Bradley Photos.

Albury trainer Donna Scott has set Snap Book and Keith for Saturday’s $39,000 Corowa Cup.

Snap Book is an interesting runner and will enter the 1600m event fresh off an eighth-place finish to the Ron Stubbs-trained Bianco Vilano in the Southern Districts’ heat of the 2024 Country Championships. 

With Kayla Nisbet on board, connections draw well with gate four, and Scott hopes the five-year-old can make the step up in class. 

A three-time winner, his last win was in a 1600m Benchmark 58 Handicap at Albury in October last year.

Still, Scott believes the Fighting Sun gelding is up to open company racing. 

“I’ve got a bit of time for the horse, and to be honest, we’re still working him out,” Scott told NSW Country and Picnic Racing.

“He’s come back from a spell, and we put him first up in the Country Championships to see what would happen. 

“He hasn’t been tested in this class, and I know people are a bit against him and say he can only win a (Benchmark) 58, but he’s a bit better than that.”

Scott believes Snap Book’s fifth-place effort, where he finished strongly when beaten two-and-a-half-lengths by Melody Again in a 1400m Class Two Highway Handicap at Rosehill Gardens in August, suggests he can compete on Saturday.

“It was a massive run in that Highway, and Kerrin (McEvoy) had nothing but praise for him, and if there was a Mile Highway a fortnight later, he wanted to get on him, but it didn’t eventuate. 

“He’s definitely capable, but in saying that, when the noms (nominations) came out for the Corowa Cup, I thought it looked like the strongest one I’ve seen for a while. 

The Corowa Cup field has held up, with 2022 Narrandera Cup winner Kiptanui (Nick Heywood) the top weight with 62kg for Goulburn trainer Matthew Dale. 

Boorowa trainer Andrew Bourke has entered Champions League (Brendan Ward), Kym Davison will start Daly Heads (Holly Durnan), and Dan McCarthy will send Victorian duo Abseiler (Rose Hammond) and Ferlaxing (Richard Bensley). 

Keith will have Corowa specialist Hannah Williams in the saddle. Williams won the 2022 Corowa Cup on the Danielle Seib-trained Hemmerle and the 2023 edition on the Craig Widdison-trained Banger.

With the four-time winning Albury galloper going into the race fresh off a five-week let-up, he will be another horse stepping up from Benchmark 58 grade.

“Keith has a bit of local ownership in the horse, and he’s going well but might need things to go his way,” Scott said. 

The Albury trainer will start Capital Express (Kayla Nisbet) and News At Five (Danny Beasley) in the 1300m Country Boosted Benchmark 58 Handicap. 

News At Five, which won the 1175m Country Boosted event at Albury last month, finds another winnable race. 

“It’s an ideal race for News At Five,” Scott said. 

“We try to find these Country Boosted races and really target them, and this is another nice race.” 

It’s set to be a decent seven-race card at Corowa on Saturday. For more on what’s happening, click here