Souquet takes long road for Moruya cup chance

Nick Souquet will make the 11-hour round trip to ride Peyton Place in the Moruya Cup later today.

Top Southern District jockey Nick Souquet will make the 11 hour round trip from Corowa to Moruya today for just one ride; saddling up Peyton Place in the $67,500 Moruya Cup.
Trained by Greg Stephens, Peyton Place will jump from gate one and carries some strong winning form, with two consecutive victories at Goulburn and Thoroughbred Park (Canberra) leading into this event.
Souquet rode the four-year-old Carlton House gelding to victory in the 1300m Benchmark 70 at Canberra on April 3.
The popular border jockey, who committed to the Moruya Cup ride after the strong victory, admitted this was a jump up in class but believes his charge will be thereabouts when it matters most.
“I won on him last start and I told Greg (Stephens) I would ride him again next start,” Souquet said.
“This is a lot harder race and the result certainly isn’t cut and dry but he will be very competitive.”
Souquet will have to ride at 56.5kg, one kilogram over the 55.5kg allotted by the handicapper, something the popular hoop isn’t overly concerned by.
“We got permission to ride him a little heavier but I don’t think it will be an issue at all as he carried 62.5kg last start,” Souquet said.
The 46-year-old identified two runners that he believed would be the hardest for him to beat later on today though.
“That one of Darky’s (David Blundell), Thistledo, it is probably the one to beat and Rapido Chaparro for Gai Waterhouse, it won the Port Macquarie Cup four starts back I think,” Souquet said.
Many racing pundits and supporters of the father of two will be hoping for a win today, after Souquet had to temporarily move out of his Wodonga residence, leaving his wife and kids at home so he could continuing riding in NSW during the Covid-19 pandemic.