Peter Sinclair will be aiming to win back-to-back Moree Cups for the first time in his decorated training career when he saddles up Beacon and Moree Dreaming in Sunday’s $40,000 feature event.
The popular Moree trainer won his hometown cup last year with Upstart proving too strong with Brooke Stower in the saddle, winning by 1.8 lengths over Free Billy to give the stable a quinella.
Sinclair’s second Moree Cup was 24 years in the making though, after his first success came in 1996 when Storm Boy and Diamond Walk finished one-two in the then $10,000 event.
“I’ve only won it twice and it took me 24 years to win a second one; I have been saying that I hope it doesn’t take me another 24 years to win another,” Sinclair laughed.
Sinclair believed both of his runners boasted some chance on Sunday too, with Billy Cray jumping aboard Beacon and Mikayla Weir taking the ride on Moree Dreaming.
“Both horses should run a good race,” Sinclair said.
“Moree dreaming is dropping back from the 2100m to the 1400m because of a lack of suitable races, which is a tough ask. He might be short of his best at the minute, but he will be there somewhere.
“Beacon is going really good. He ran into a couple of really wet tracks in Sydney, but the track tomorrow will suit him to the ground.”
While the astute trainer said he wanted to win the race, he believed there were a half a dozen genuine winning hopes, including the former Sinclair runner, Free Billy.
“It’s a very open race, I hope one of mine win it, but if you gave me $100 to have a bet, i wouldn’t be betting in the cup,” Sinclair laughed.
“I ride Mysticism and he is going as good ever. Free Billy is another good chance and he has probably been around Moree more than me,” Sinclair laughed.
“Ratler is probably the one to watch. It’s going very good.”
To see such a competitive country cup being ran is a testament to NSW country racing and the Moree Race Club, that has persevered with the Covid-19 pandemic to offer racing to participants.
Sinclair acknowledged this work by Racing NSW and the Moree Race Club, and believes local trainers would appreciate it the most, as nothing comes close to that feeling of winning a hometown cup.
“It’s great, I honestly love to win races wherever I go, but you like to win races at your own track and your own cup,” Sinclair said.
“It’s really good that we can keep racing and it will be a satisfying feeling to win tomorrow if we are lucky enough too.”