Paddy Cunningham sets Our Girl Eve for Casino Cup assault

Jodi Worley will jump aboard the Paddy Cunningham-trained Our Girl Eve (pictured) in Saturday’s Casino Cup. Photo: Bradley Photos.

Paddy Cunningham will trek to Casino on Saturday with Our Girl Eve set to contest the $35,000 Casino Gold Cup. 

The five-year-old is a four-time winner but she has mixed her form this preparation, winning first-up in a 1300m Benchmark 58 Handicap at Moree back in May, while she ran a gallant second at Tamworth two starts back in a 1600m Benchmark 66 Handicap. 

Last time out the Eurozone mare finished seventh when racing at Eagle Farm over 1805m, and Cunningham believes she is going good enough to feature in this race. 

“Her form has been pretty good,” Cunningham said. 

“This race popped up at the right time. She doesn’t handle absolutely bogged tracks, and I took her to Brisbane last start, and she didn’t have the best of luck, but she is a nice mare, and it’s a matter of trying to find the right race for her, and this race should suit.”

It’s only a small Casino Cup field, with seven gallopers set to take on the 1400m race, but it is an open event on paper.

Our Girl Eve is in the market at $4, the Stephen Lee-trained See It Thru has been backed in from $4.80 to $3.90, and the top-weights have commanded some attention, with the Kris Lees-trained Azarmin the $2.70 favourite, while the Stephen Bennett-trained Exclusive is considered a $4.60 chance.

Cunningham believes Our Girl Eve has the ability and tenacity to measure up in this kind of race. 

“This is a nice race, but she is nearly an open company horse, which makes it hard to find the right races, but she always put in,” Cunningham said.

“She is a horse that always has a go and that’s the best thing about her.”

Jodi Worley, who rides a lot of work for Cunningham, has won on the Glen Innes mare at each of her four victories, and Cunningham said the sometimes head-strong mare behaved for Worley. 

“Jodi comes here and she rides work a couple of days a week, and she really gets along with the horse better than anybody,” Cunningham said. 

As far as how the race would be run and won at Casino, Cunningham said that early speed would dictate their strategy. 

“She is sort of a get back horse but if there is not going to be a lot of speed, we will hopefully be a bit closer and hopefully sit midfield,” Cunningham said. 

“She is rock-hard fit, and hopefully she runs a good race.” 

Cunningham and Worley will combine again in the 1200m Benchmark 50 Handicap, with Prue’s Prophet set to jump from gate 12, and the Glen Innes trainer believes the five-year-old is more than capable of running a good race for connections. 

“She goes pretty good, but she has had a few issues, and we are trying to get her back to her best form,” Cunningham said.

“She can gallop a little bit and we will see how she goes.” 

With a massive eight-race-card set to feature, it will be a big day for Casino Racing Club, while off-track entertainment and fashions on the field will keep racegoers busy. 

The first race jumps at 12.06pm and gates open at 11am. 

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Race One: 2 Beg Me

Race Two: 3 Milo Man

Race Three: 7 Lucky Rascal

Race Four: 2 Hardley Grey

Race Five: 1 Sailing

Race Six: 4 Spin That Wheel

Race Seven: 5 Our Girl Eve

Race Eight: 4 Summer Star