Master trainer Peter Sinclair was rueing the abandonment of his local meeting at Moree last Sunday as he believed he could have won the $40,000 Moree Cup with Aesop’s Fable.
That misery turned to joy at Dubbo on Sunday, with his Foxwedge mare winning the $100,000 Dubbo Gold Cup – the five-year-old starting a clear outsider – before storming home to beat local chances Reward Seeker and Fast Talking in second and third respectively.
“I thought she could win the Moree Cup last week and I was kicking rocks all week when it got called off,” Sinclair laughed.
“I was really, really disappointed but in the end, it worked out well as the Moree Cup was worth $40,000 and Dubbo was worth $100,000. If she raced at Moree, we wouldn’t have gone to Dubbo.”
Aesop’s Fable had Ashley Morgan in the saddle and was initially drawn as a reserve to contest the 1600m feature event before gaining a start and jumping as one of the roughest commodities, opening at 50/1 before crossing the line at the ripe old odds of $33.70 on the NSW TAB.
Sinclair never declared the Moree runner and despite being confident of a strong showing at Dubbo, he believed Aesop’s Fable was potentially one run short of her best.
“When I galloped her on Tuesday, I thought Dubbo was the perfect race to go to, but I thought second up and looking at the form of the race, it would be too strong,” Sinclair said.
Sinclair knew Aesop’s Fable would be finishing a lot closer when the runners turned for home though, and he praised Morgan for giving the mare what turned out to be a good winning ride.
“With a furlong to go, I thought we were a big chance and that top three would have been a great effort and I knew she would be strong through the line late,” Sinclair said.
“It was a god win and Ash gave her a perfect ride and he was keen to follow her after her run at Gunnedah.
“He was a bit surprised too, he gave her a chance in the race but didn’t go in thinking she would win the race.”
The Dubbo Cup victory was Aesop’s Fable’s second start for the stable after previously racing under the care of John Sargent, and her Moree trainer was already eyeing other country cup races in the near future.
“Dominic Neate bought her for the Coonamble and Coonabarabran Cups. He is from the Coonabarabran area, and he wants to win those cups,” Sinclair said.
“He is just a really keen racing bloke. He races a few horses in and around Sydney and he has always sent us a few good horses and if things go right, this should be the perfect horse for those cups.”
For full results from the Dubbo Cup and the club’s showcase meeting, readers can click here.