Scone trainer targets Broken Hill’s Outback Cup

The Darren Egan trained Bells ‘N’ bows will contest Saturday’s Outback Cup at Broken Hill. Photo: Racing Photography.

Scone trainer, Darren Egan, will send two runners on the 12-hour journey to Broken Hill over today and tomorrow as he plans an assault on the St Patrick’s Racing Club Outback Cup. 

Bells ‘N’ Bows, who ran a last start second at Cowra over the 1700m, boasts seven wins from 49 starts, and connections are excited to be contesting the $25,000 feature event over the mile. 

“The owner of the horse, Wayne Brown; he likes to go to these country and outback meetings, and we thought we would target a couple of races out there,” Egan said.

“We thought we would target the Outback Cup as she was only just beaten over the 1700m last start and I am sure she will be thereabouts on Saturday.”

Egan has never raced at Broken Hill before and he explained how he would get his two gallopers to one of NSW’s most iconic race meetings.

“This is the first time I’ve had runners there. We will travel to Cobar, spend the night there and then travel to Broken Hill,” Egan said.

“It’s about six hours to Cobar and another six hours from there to Broken Hill. You have to have them rock hard fit and make sure they drink plenty of water and keep hydrated so they handle the trip.”

The former Victorian and South Australian trainer just hopes his runners put their best foot forward, with the stable also entering last start Tottenham winner, Addictions, in the 1000m Benchmark 45 Handicap. 

“Hopefully we have picked the right races for the horses,” Egan said.

“Bells ‘N’ Bows can be tardy away from the gates sometimes, but she should be thereabouts, and Addictions will jump and be leading – if she jumps and gets a clear run, she will take some running down.”

Egan explained that he snapped up veteran NSW hoop, Michael Heagney, as soon as he found out the talented jockey was interested in taking the rides. 

“We first tried a couple of jockeys and we found out Mick was game, and we snapped him up pretty quick and he was happy to ride them,” Egan said. 

Even though he still getting settled into his new surroundings, Egan is loving life in NSW. 

“I previously trained in Victoria and South Australia and I’ve only been in Scone for six months,” Egan said. 

“I’m loving it. It is beautiful country, and the horses love it up here and we couldn’t be happier.”

Egan won’t be the only visiting trainer taking on the annual St Patrick’s Racing Club meeting, with the $25,000 Outback Cup and $20,000 Outback Sprint headlining a sensational six-race-card. 

The first race is set to jump at 1.40pm, and readers are encouraged to follow the club’s Facebook page for updates and results.