Spackman eyes back-to-back Harden Cups

Scott Spackman (fourth from left) and connections of Cryfowl after they won the 2018 Harden Cup.

Harden-based trainer Scott Spackman will aim to win back-to-back Harden & District Picnic Race Club Cups when Cryfowl steps out in race five on Saturday. 
Cryfowl was too good for them in the 2018 edition of the race, starting a well-supported even money favourite in the 1400m main event before going on to beat Tearful Kitty by just under a length. 
Spackman was more than just confident of his six-year-old chances on Saturday. 
“I tell you, if he gets beat, it’s an injustice,” he laughed. 
“His run at Coota (Cootamundra Turf Club) was outstanding and his win at Grenfell was just as good.
“Just forget his last start, he was checked at the 600, 500, 300 and just found a wall of them in front of him.”
Despite his confidence, Spackman did take some time to recognise the strength of this year’s race.
“This is definitely the best Harden Cup field in some time,” he said. 
Connections of Cryfowl will be hoping their trainer is on the money this Saturday, and when looking at the potential speed map, they could be in for a good day. 
The likes of Tearful Kitty, Georgian Court and Southern Gamble could all easily push forward, creating a tempo to the liking of Cryfowl. 
Group and listed winning jockey, Brent Evans jumps on Cryfowl for the ride, his first ride since winning the $50,000 NSWPRA Picnic Championships final at Dubbo Turf Club aboard Gadfly back in September. 
Of the challengers, one of the better chances to upset the hometown favourite is the Moruya based, Georgian Court. 
Trained by Natalie Jarvis at Thorotek Racing and ridden by leading picnic jockey Maddy Wright, the five-year-old was a good winner in the Burrangong Picnic Race Club Young Cup last start. 
The Turffontein mare seemed to appreciate the drop in class last start and it will be interesting to see if she continues on with her form at Harden. 
In addition to the Cup event, the remainder of the six-race-program has been reasonably well supported with 35 acceptors and some nice betting races on offer.