Gunga Din searching for more cup success

Gunga Din, pictured here winning the TAB Highway Handicap at Rosehill Gardens, will start favourite in today’s Forbes cup.

Recent Narrandera Cup winner, Gunga Din will step out as the favourite in today’s Forbes Cup for Canberra trainer Keith Dryden.

The five-year-old was a dominant winner at Narrandera, running away for a comfortable 2.57 length victory and should be suited to this 1600m Open Handicap. 

The winner of five races from only 17 starts already boasts TAB Federal and TAB Highway wins and looks destined to be a regular Saturday city performer. 

Unfortunately, Dryden has been forced to travel further bush in search of dryer tracks, with Sydney forced to race on rain-affected tracks for the past two months. .

“I am just looking for dry track. Sydney is wet and he goes hopeless in the wet,” Dryden said. 

“I did nominate him for Sydney on Wednesday but I decided to go to Forbes instead.”

According to Dryden, the Shamexpress gelding is still finding his feet and will only get better with age.

“He is a nice enough horse. He performed well last preparation and won a Highway but he doesn’t know what he is about at this stage and next preparation he will be a nice horse,” Dryden said. 

Brendan ward will stay in the saddle for connections and Dryden is confident he will get the job done.  

“I use him a little bit. I vary my jockeys around and generally I don’t have jockeys riding track work but Wardy is a good bloke and he rides well,” Dryden said. 

Regardless of today’s result, Gunga Din is likely to be heading back to town, but could be eyeing. Saturday meeting, especially if he emerges victorious in the $32,000 event. 

“He will have to go back to town. The difference at the moment is that he probably can still win a mid-weeker, but if he wins the Forbes Cup, we will have to go for a Saturday meeting,” Dryden said.