The Inverell Jockey Club will host two Bush Battlers Cups on Saturday, after the $18,000 feature race was split by Racing NSW, meaning two 1400m races will be run for Benchmark 50 horses.
Apprentice jockey Maddy Owen looks to have two good chances, jumping aboard the Todd Payne-trained Trogir ($8.50) in the first of the two races, before teaming up with Jane Clement and He’s Our Toy Boy in the second.
“It is a good meeting. I’ve got a full book of seven rides and a couple of good chances,” Owen said.
Trogir will jump from gate two in the first of the 1400m features, and the pair teamed up to finish second in an 1100m Benchmark 50 Handicap at Armidale late last month.
“I’ve ridden him before in a trial and a race and he was stepping up from 1000m and 1100m and now he is up to 1400m and he is proven over the distance,” Owen said.
“He is fit enough, and the inside gate is pretty handy. He can push forward from the inside, but he is also a pretty versatile horse and can win from anywhere.”
Trogir is locally trained, and Owen was confident of a big run.
“Todd Payne is based in Inverell and his horse will have a home track advantage,” Owen said.
“I really like my chances on him.”
117-start veteran He’s Our Toy Boy will be Owen’s second chance to win either of the features race on the program and he jumps from gate three.
The 10-year-old won his 12th race at Tamworth earlier this month when proving too strong for his rivals in the 1300m Benchmark 50 Handicap.
“He has a huge record, and he won the other day,” Owen said.
“I’ve never sat on him before, but I’ve ridden a lot for Jane Clement, and she is a good trainer, and her horses are always going swell.
“He has a good draw and the ability to go forward from that draw and the track might suit those more forward runners.”
The Inverell SKY 2 meeting is now a seven-race-program, and Owen was excited to have a full book of rides.
“I think the more races the better,” Owen said.
“Obviously Saturday racing means there are jockeys everywhere and it gives us apprentice jockeys more of a go and a chance to win.”
Owen looks to have a handful of good chances with Wanda Beach ($6.50) in the 1600m Class One/Maiden, Monga Lane ($10) in the 1200m Class Two and Forever Spotted ($6) in the 1800m Diggers Cup all in the market.
“I have some good rides, but If I was going to put one forward to win, I would say Trogir,” Owen said.
For full Inverell fields, readers can click here.