Prosser family set sights on hometown Woop Woop Cup

Skates On has been racing well for in-form trainer Colt Prosser, winning two of his past three starts at Armidale. Image – Bradley Photos.

Grant, Debbie and Colt Prosser will start three horses between them in Wauchope’s Woop Woop Cup (1800m) on Boxing Day, and there will be plenty of local support for the trio. 

According to Colt, his father Grant, has the ‘one to beat’ in the $15,000 feature, with My Sonny’s Faith raced by his mother and club secretary, Debbie Prosser. 

“Mum’s is the horse to beat,” Colt said. 

“He’s a strong stayer and has been set for the race for three or four months.

“I used to train him for Mum and Dad, and I’d be happy if Mum wins the race.

“She puts in more work than anyone, and Dad is the curator, and without them, the meeting doesn’t go ahead, so they’d deserve it.”

Ben Looker rides My Sonny’s Faith, a three-time winner that is second-up into his hometown cup.

Colt will have two of his own in it to win it, with Mollie Fitzgerald riding Thin Robby and Luke Rolls on Dodgeball. 

Thin Robby is a Class One Horse that draws the outside and comes into this race fresh off a good third over the 1900m at Kempsey. 

“I have got a couple of good chances,” Colt said. 

“Thin Robby ran second in this race last year and is ticking over very nicely.

“He’s not a big horse, but he tries his hardest and is coming off a good third at Kempsey.”

Dodgeball is another Class One galloper having his first run for the stable after previously racing with Barbara Jones, Paul, and Matt Jones. 

Drawn on the rails and with only 57.5kg, the five-year-old looks well-placed.

“The New horse is Dodgeball, and he came up from Canberra. I’ve had him about ten days, but he turned up in good condition,” Colt said. 

“He won’t have the hometown advantage or anything, but he has had a few nice gallops; he hasn’t done much for a month, so hopefully, he is fit enough to run 1800m.”

While many locals will be cheering for a Prosser-family victory in the Woop Woop Cup, the meeting will be the real winner for the community, with thousands expected to pour through the Wauchope Jockey Club gates. 

The five-race program kicks off at 2 pm, and complementing the non-TAB card is fashions on the field and a great social event. 

“It’s a really good meeting with a cult following and just a big day for the town,” Colt said. 

“Half the people that go there don’t see a horse; there will be four or five thousand, and it’s just families coming together to catch up with friends they haven’t seen for years. 

“It’s a real board shorts and thongs type of day and just a good social day out.”

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