Perry to continue Quirindi Cup love affair

Shaun Guymer guided the Paul Perry-trained San Franscisco to victory in the 2019 Quirindi Cup. Photo: Bradley Photos.

Paul Perry will be hoping his stable can continue their good run in the Quirindi Cup on Friday, with the prominent Newcastle trainer looking to win his fifth cup in six years. 

Perry has won four of the last five Quirindi Cups, with the stable teaming up with Rachel King in 2017 when winning the race with Secret Webb.

The Perry-trained San Francisco – ridden by Shaun Guymer – beat local hope Vega de Lago in the 2019 Quirindi Cup, while Mikayla Weir guided Nothing Too Hard to victory in 2020.

Most recently, Perry teamed up with Clayton Gallagher to win the 2021 edition of the feature race with Salsa Man, while on the same day, Perry and Gallagher also combined to take out the Lightning Handicap with Ragged Rascal. 

“It’s probably the time of the year that you have those sorts of horses in work,” Perry replied to NSW Country and Picnic Racing when asked why he targets the Quirindi Cup.

The Newcastle stable will set a three-pronged attack on the $50,000 feature race, with Mikayla Weir riding Theo Legion, Ash Morgan riding Dodecanese, while Serg Lisney jumps aboard Surjin. 

Dodecanese looks to be the stable’s leading chance too, with the five-year-old stepping back in distance and from provincial class racing to contest this event. 

“I suppose Dodecanese is the best of them,” Perry said.

“He has run in a couple of distance races, which has been a bit beyond him, but he is coming back to the mile, which will suit him, and he should be fit.”

Perry believed any of his three gallopers could win though, with Theo Legion coming off a good third at Gosford over 1600m, while Surjin ran a strong second over 2100m at Gosford two starts back.

“They both should be competitive, and they wouldn’t be out of the race by any means,” Perry said. 

Perry didn’t think he needed a particular type of horse to win at Quirindi either, although he did expect a good pace to be set in the mile race.

“I think there is always a bit of pace in the race, and they always run pretty genuine,” Perry said. 

“You just need something that can run the distance out nicely.”

It will be another big day of North West racing at Quirindi, and Perry said his stable enjoyed being involved in the annual showcase meeting. 

“I’ve never had any problems and I like going there,” Perry said. 

“They are lovely people and they put a lot into it.

“We are pretty lucky to go up and take part and we look forward to it every year.”

The eight-race Showcase meeting will jump at 1pm, and the $40,000 Lightning Handicap $40,000 Country Only Maiden Plate; and $35,000 2YO Handicap complements what should be an entertaining Quirindi Cup meeting.

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