Moree Cup tips, trials and tribulations

Beacon winning the 2020 Moree Cup. Photo: Northern Daily Leader.

The annual Orica Moree Cup race day was washed out back in early September but fortunately the club worked hard and was able to reschedule the race to coincide with their Castlereagh Barwon Hoteliers race day today

The $40,000 feature will close out a fantastic 8-race-card at 5:25pm and hopefully the rain stays away.

It is an interesting field and I was finding it tough to find the winner, but I’ve landed on Sue Grills’ Mandalong Tapit that’s racing in good form this prep finishing within 4.5 lengths at all 3 starts including a last start 6th in the Crystal Sprint when making good ground from last.

I think Camp Rifle is a big chance, Tony Newing has the gelding flying finishing inside the placings in 6 of his last 7 starts, winning the Bowraville Cup 3 back over 1370m by half a length. 

The only miss in the stretch was a 4th (beaten 4.2 lengths) at Class 3 level.

There is a handful of hopefuls off the short back up from Coonabarabran Cup Day and one that piques my interest.

Rich And Shameless, the top weight here, finished 5th (beaten 2.3 lengths) when getting overpowered late in the Coona Cup

I love the drop in distance to 1400m (9:2-1-1) and he draws barrier 1, so I’m expecting Billy Cray to either lead or sit pretty and I think the Scott Singleton runner will prove tough to catch in the straight.

The last of the runners I want to talk about is William Freedman’s La Tigresa.

She didn’t threaten first-up last start over the 1200m at Tamworth on the heavy 8 but I’m expecting a good improvement second up (2:1-0-0) rising to the 1400m where he’s never missed the money (4:2-1-1). The tricky barrier is the only concern.

2020 Winner: Beacon ridden by Billy Cray and trained by Peter Sinclair

Moree tips

Race 1 – Fusaichi Family, Without Shame

Race 2 – Chewie Two, Holy Empress

Race 3 – Smooth Esprit, Miss Chapeau

Race 4 – Power Bells, Riders Inthe Stand

Race 5 – Red Beryl, China Grove

Race 6 – The Big Seal, Sungblue

Race 7 – Call Me Trinity, Epic Decision

Race 8 – Mandalong Tapit, Rich And Shameless

A bit about Moree

Situated in the northern wheatbelt in the beautiful Gwydir Valley is Moree, its name comes from an Aboriginal word for “rising sun,” “long spring,” or “water hole.”

It is a place of relaxation and rejuvenation and it’s quite fitting for a town known as Australia’s Artesian Spa Capital and sitting above the largest artesian basin in the world, The Great Artesian Basin.

Thousands of visitors each year flock to the Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre to enjoy the soothing springs and make the most of the therapeutic benefits of the mineral rich water.

Moree has plenty to offer, like exploring the Gwydir Wetlands, Moree Water Park or even walk the main streets and take in the charming heritage buildings which are best explored on the guided Moree Heritage and Art Deco Walk.

The grounds in and around Moree are famous for its rich black soil plains and you can enjoy the delicious produce and thriving agricultural community at the Moree Show in April or Moree on a Plate Food and Wine Festival in May.

The town was one of the destinations of the famous 1965 Freedom Bus ride led by Charles Perkins and bought discrimination against Indigenous Australians to the fore front of the media.