Jarvis sets sights on Forbes Cup

Airfree, pictured here winning the 2020 Moruya Cup, will take on Sunday’s Forbes Cup for Moruya trainer Natalie Jarvis. Photo: Bradley Photos.

Moruya trainer Natalie Jarvis will hit the road on Saturday as she plans an assault on Sunday’s Forbes Cup meeting.

The in-form trainer will make the five-hour trip a day earlier, before settling in overnight in a bid to give their gallopers the best chance at Forbes Jockey Club’s inaugural showcase meeting. 

“We are sending the horses up on Saturday and Dennis Bush is kindly putting us in his stables,” Jarvis said. 

“We have a large ownership group that lives out that way and we took three horses there last year, and the club is growing the meeting and we want to support and help it grow each year.”

Jarvis admitted that she didn’t know whether all her charges would handle the five-hour long trip and change in stables, but she was confident going up the day before would give them the best chance.

“It is really hard to know until you try with each individual horse, but we stayed with Dennis last year, and his stables are set up very similar to ours and our horses handled it well,” Jarvis said.

“We have a similar group of horses going again and we will just hope they handle it.”

Jarvis will boast a two-pronged attack in the feature event, with Airfree and Napoleon Solo contesting the $50,000 Forbes Cup, and it is the latter of the two, a former Peter and Paul Snowden galloper, that looks the best chance in the 1600m race. 

“Napoleon Solo has only had the one start for us on a very heavy track at Goulburn and that didn’t suit him.” Jarvis said.

“His form for the Snowden stable is excellent and we bought him as a country cup horse, and he will go to Forbes then will we look at races like the Moruya Cup and Bega Cup.”

The winner of three races from 31 starts has won nearly $300,000 in prizemoney and based on his fast-finishing second place at Rosehill over the 1400m back in May, the five-year-old looks as though he will be a major player come Sunday.

Jarvis will also have her mare Airfree running, with the six-year-old being given one more chance at the races after finishing a nice third in the Tuross Cup at Moruya last start.

“With Airfree, we were going to retire her last start, but she ran well, and the owners voted to keep her in for another start.” Jarvis said.

“She has struggled a bit since her win in the Moruya Cup last year. She is still working well at home, and if conditions suit her, and if she gets a clear run on the outside, she will be finishing strong.”

Thorotek Racing plan to take an in-form team of six gallopers to Forbes, after recently preparing a hat-trick of winners at Moruya on July 12. 

Heading their charge is talented sprinter and Kosciuszko hopeful, Kattegat, and he will likely start favourite in the 1200m Open Handicap.  

“I think Kattegat will be the shortest odds,” Jarvis laughed. 

“He won impressively at Moruya last start; he is one of our best horses.”

The Moruya trainer admitted that the $1.3 million Kosciuszko was in the back of her mind when discussing the smart four-year-old’s current preperation, but she wanted to focus on the race at hand. 

“It’s obviously where we want to go with him, but at the same time, we want to have a good prep and we want to win races,” Jarvis said. 

“We aren’t focusing wholly on that, and we want him to do well each start.”

Jarvis also has Dragons Breath chasing three wins on the trot in the 1100m Class Two Handicap, while Real Salty is aiming for two in a row in the 1400m Class One Handicap and Jauhera is searching for her first win in the 1600m Maiden Plate.

“We also have a couple that won at Moruya last start, and it is good to be travelling with horses who are in form,” Jarvis said. 

It shapes to be a big day of racing at Forbes Jockey Club on Sunday with a strong eight-race-card and $270,000 in prizemoney on offer. 

Racing fans and punters will be able to see full fields Thursday morning and for more information on the meeting, readers can click here to visit Forbes Jockey Club