Geoff Duryea confident stable ‘joker’ can improve at Corowa

Geoff Duryea.

It might not be the glitz and glam of Flemington or Moonee Valley, but Geoff Duryea is happy to be racing at home today when sending three runners around at Corowa

Duryea wasn’t giving too much away about his chances, with one runner set to start favourite and another two gallopers well in the market, but he was hoping the well named, Albert The Cat, would have his mind on the job in the 1200m Maiden Plate. 

The four-start maiden has shown promise, running second at Wagga two starts back and not finishing further back than fifth in races at Albury and Corowa. 

“He has got a lot of ability. We are hoping tomorrow that he improves and if he puts his best foot forward, jumps clean and races properly, he is a good chance,” Duryea said. 

The $2.70 favourite does a few things wrong though, and his trainer joked that he is the clown of the stable that still has a lot of growing up to do.

“Albert The Cat is his own worst enemy. He can be a cat, and I don’t mean he doesn’t try, but he thinks everything is a joke,” Duryea laughed.

“His nickname at home is Albert The Clown, he just thinks it’s a joke and no matter what we have done, we can’t get it out of him – he’s just a big joker.”

A gear change will hopefully make all the difference, but the Corowa trainer also explained that the start would be very important. 

“In his first few starts, he would walk out and give them five or six lengths start then fly home,” Duryea said. 

“Then one start, we put the blinkers on him, and he jumped and was up behind the leaders and he wanted to over race.

“We are getting there and slowly working him out.”

Another one of Duryea’s chances is Surekat that contests the 1600m Maiden/Class One Handicap. 

The recent Forbes winner was previously trained by Matthew Dale and is heading to the breeding bard but not before a chance to win a second race. 

“A couple of young guys bought her to breed from but it’s a bit earlier to breed and they asked me to give her a few runs and see if we can win a race,” Duryea said. 

“Hopefully on her home track over a mile she can improve a bit. She has got the blinkers back on and she should go okay.”

Nicotera will be the stable’s final runner in the 1300m benchmark 58 Handicap and Duryea believed the $5 commodity was not without a chance.

“He won a very modest race out at Berrigan last start, but 1300m is his best distance and he prefers good tracks,” Duryea said. 

“I think he will give them a good scare.”

Jordan Mallyon will jump aboard all of Duryea’s runners and the seven-race Corowa meeting jumps at 1.10pm today and readers can check full fields by clicking here.