Natalie Jarvis eyes Forbes features

Natalie Jarvis. Photo: Bradley Photos.

Moruya trainer Natalie Jarvis and her stable will make their annual pilgrimage to Forbes on Sunday, with a strong team set to contest the eight-race showcase program.

Of their five runners in action, all eyes will be on Tarn’s Prince, which will step out in the $50,000 Forbes Cup. 

The former Victorian was most recently trained by Matt Cumani, and raced 20 times across the border, winning on five occasions, while earning just shy of $140,000 in prize money. 

The three-time city winner is a well-credentialed middle-distance horse, having won up to 2400m, and Jarvis said connections purchased the five-year-old Unencumbered gelding with all intentions of qualifying for the $2 million The Big Dance.

With the Forbes Cup a qualifier for the rich final, which will be run and won at Royal Randwick on the first Tuesday in November, Jarvis admitted that this was a good starting point as they begin a preparation that will likely include targets such as the Bathurst and Dubbo Cups. 

“He is new to our stable, and we’ve not yet raced him, but we’ve jumped him out,” Jarvis said. 

“He has got good form from the previous stable and he is in with a chance in the Forbes Cup.  

“He was bought for that reason (The Big Dance) because the owners wanted to try and qualify something, and he will race at Forbes and possibly at Dubbo and Bathurst.” 

Tarn’s Prince will be forced to do it the tough way in the 1600m feature race after being allocated 61kg, while jockey Robbie Brewer have need to navigate his way from gate 15.

While the Forbes Cup is the feature race on the program, the Amazing Ben Hall Bullet Sprint over the 1200m journey is another race that connections will want to win. 

The Benchmark 74 Handicap has attracted some nice types and Jarvis has entered Kattegat, which will carry 62kg and jump from gate four.

Brewer is again in the saddle, and Jarvis was quietly confident of their chances, with the five-year-old finding his best form last start when winning in the 1000m Benchmark 74 Handicap at Queanbeyan on July 11.

“We think he will go well. We took him up there last year, and we stayed overnight at the jockey club, and he travelled well, and we expect him to travel well again this year,” Jarvis said. 

“He has a lot of weight, because he won that race at Queanbeyan, but the track will be drier, so he should handle it a lot better.”

When asked why connections didn’t opt for an apprentice for Kattegat, Jarvis said that she was backing Brewer to get the job done. 

“Robbie rides him really well and there is no lead when Robbie rides him,” Jarvis said.

Robbie Brewer and Natalie Jarvis will team up at Forbes on Sunday.

“I’d rather him carry a bit more weight than having 10kg of lead on him, plus he is not really an apprentice’s horse. 

“He is really fancy and not that he misbehaves, but he has his own mind and likes to do things his way.”

Jarvis enjoys making her annual trip to Forbes, and the Moruya trainer said her owners always came out and made a day of it at the races. 

“We have a lot of owners out that way, or that have lived out that way, or some that have a connection to the town and area, so they all come to the races and meet up and catch up with their friends and other owners,” Jarvis said. 

“We always try and take horses up for those owners, and it is just a good day out.”

In what will be a big weekend for the Forbes Jockey Club, action kicks off tonight with the Forbes Cup calcutta at Club Forbes before Sunday’s massive Showcase race day.

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