Norm Loy will be the first person to tell you how heartbreaking it was when Takissacod finished third place in the SDRA Country Championships qualifier at Wagga last month.
The Albury trainer watched on as his four-year-old, who started an 80/1 shot, was beaten only 0.2 of a length after looking home and hosed in the $150,000 event and on her way to the $500,000 Country Championships final at Royal Randwick
“It was heartbreaking, we have just purchased her, and it was her sixth run and it would have been a dream come true,” Loy said.
Takissacod was then going to contest the Country Championships Wildcard at Muswellbrook on March 21, instead, Loy opted to take on local feature events, including today’s Corowa Cup.
“We were toying with the idea of the Wildcard, it is just so hard to get into the wildcard and it is only the winner that goes through,” Loy said.
“We were looking for the mile and this race being is a mile race and worth $35,000, so it looks a nice race for her.”
The Chat Up Line mare is a $10 chance in the 1600m Open Handicap, and while Loy said she is a big chance, he admitted it was a tough race.
“She is not without her chances,” Loy said.
“It is a quality open handicap field, and they will be tough to beat. Muswellbrook gets in nicely; he has won $350,000 in prizemoney and he will be hard to beat.
“I’m not saying he is going better than my mare, she is going really good, but it will be a good race.”
Connections draw gate 10 but Loy isn’t concerned, hinting that she needs to be saved for one big run at the end.
“I don’t think it will be a problem, she is actually better off on the outside. She is a horse that race in spasms, and she can sometimes switch off when she hits the front,” Loy said.
“It’s an on-pace track and they will go pretty hard, and she will love when the speed is on and she will be a better chance the harder they go.”
Jack Martin takes the right for Loy, and according to the trainer, he is the best man for the job.
“His record speaks for itself, he is a very good rider, he is a very strong rider,” Loy said.
“There are race thinking jockeys and he is very good, with a very good race brain.”
Today’s Corowa Cup is just one race on a strong seven-race-program at Corowa Jockey Club, with the first race set to jump at 1.26pm.