Apprentice jockey Elissa Meredith will be aiming to win back-to-back cups on Sticks ‘N’ Stones when racing at Gulgong on Sunday.
Meredith, who guided the Clint Lundholm runner to victory in the Brewarrina Cod Cup last month, is confident heading into the $10,000 feature event over the 1200m.
“I’m confident. Obviously, she hasn’t raced since the Brewarrina Cup, but Clint has freshened her right up, and the only concern will be the heavy track and if she handles it,” Meredith said.
Despite never riding at Gulgong, Meredith suggested the stable would stick to what worked with Sticks ‘N’ Stones when winning at Brewarrina.
“No, I haven’t ridden there, and I don’t know what to expect,” Meredith laughed.
“She normally sits just off the pace. At Brewarrina, Clint told me to let the leaders go, and I sat off them and peeled out just as we straightened, and I imagine I will do the same tomorrow.”
Meredith knows the five-year-old well, and while the winner of five races from 29 starts can be a typical mare at times, the pair should be ready and raring for Gulgong.
“That was my first race ride on her at Brewarrina, but I ride all of her track work,” Meredith said.
“She is pretty quiet but at work, she is one of those ones who wants to get on with it at times, but she isn’t too bad.”
It has been a productive period for the 26-year-old, who started out as a cowgirl, doing barrel racing and campdrafting, before kicking off her career with Tracey Bartley in Wyong.
Since moving to the Lundholm stable late last year, Meredith, who still claims three kilograms, has found form and confidence, riding multiple winners at Dubbo
“I’ve ridden eleven winners and since moving to Dubbo, I’ve been given a lot of opportunities,” Meredith said.
“Clint is a really good mentor and I’m really enjoying it.”
Lundholm and Meredith’s bid to win the 2021 Gulgong Cup will be just one highlight on what is a good six-race card at the Central Districts track.
Gates open at 12pm with racing to jump at 1.10pm.
There are buses to the track, and there will be a bar and canteen on course, while fashions on the field and off-track entertainment will keep patrons entertained in between races.