From The Bush toughs it out to win Forbes Cup

Anthony Cavallo guides From The Bush to victory in the 2021 Forbes Cup.

From the Bush may have started a well backed $3.40 favourite in Sunday’s Forbes Cup, but the Gayna Williams galloper was made to work hard before winning the $50,000 event. 

With Anthony Cavallo in the saddle, From The Bush began well but was taken on early doors by Eiger, who set a solid pace in the 1600m event. 

Cavallo was forced to sit two wide and on the turn Eiger dropped out but Roman and Nomoathaj then put pressure on the race favourite, who was forced to dig deep on the Forbes straight. 

From The Bush was too good in the end though, and despite the likes of Reward Seeker and Toulon Brook flashing home for second and third respectively, the Bathurst runner won by 0.77 of a length, making it career win number five from start 11. 

Cavallo, who last won the Forbes Cup in 2013 when riding Mossamine for Graham Rogerson, said he was on the right horse on the day. 

“It was a good race to win, it always is,” Cavallo said.

“It was the right horse for the race. Gayna, she turns them out in good order, and with 55kg on his back, and after coming from a Class Three (TAB) Highway race, where he did the same thing – he was going to be hard to beat.”

Cavallo praised the Forbes Jockey Club for putting on a good day, with the track holding up despite the relentless rain in the lead-up to the Showcase meeting.

“It was fairly wet, the track held together good but if we had more rain we might have been in trouble,” Cavallo said.

“Still, the day was good, and it was good to see good fields.”

The travelling hoop believes Forbes should keep their Sunday status, with a good crowd braving the elements to get behind the strong eight-race-program.

“Sunday is better than Monday for sure, more people have the day off, and even looking at the crowd without the Bankstown supporters and all that coming here, it was great,” Cavallo said.

“It was a good meeting, and it always is, they don’t get too many meetings, but they make the most of it when they get a chance to race.”

In an entertaining day of racing, Connie Greig landed a double, winning the opening event, the 1300m Maiden Handicap with Inzaghi, who was ridden a treat by Aaron Sweeney to beat Soloist and Money Not My God.

Fiery Belle was the Dubbo trainer’s second winner when greeting the judge first in the 1400m Class One Handicap, and this time it was apprentice jockey Liam Blanch getting the job done when beating Super Chance and Congenial Mistress. 

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