Spackman chasing more Tumba Cup success

Scott Spackman and Cryfowl, pictured here after winning the 2018 Harden Picnic Cup, will take on the Tumbarumba Cup on Saturday. Photo: Harden Picnics.

Scott Spackman will travel to Tumbarumba on Saturday chasing his third Tumba Cup victory in five years, with Cryfowl set to contest the $10,000 feature event. 

The Harden trainer last won the 1400m Benchmark 66 Handicap with Didn’t Even Kiss Me who streeted her rivals to win by 2.5 lengths in 2018. 

Prior to that, Tyson’s Tiger was Spackman’s first success in the race in 2017.

This time around, Spackman brings with him his talented picnic cup performer, Cryfowl, who boasts wins in the 2018 and 2019 Harden Picnic Cups and the 2019 Boorowa Picnic Sprint. 

Cryfowl, who started his career down South, was once trained by Darren Weir and has a Victorian win under his belt, which means he should handle the Tumbarumba way of going. 

“He handles just about any track,” Spackman said. 

“He won down there with DK Weir, so I don’t think he will have any issues going the Victorian way of going.”

The seven-year-old recently spent a stint with Joe Cleary without any luck, and will return for Spackman after a few new owners joined the team, including locals, Mal and Lachlan Vogan.

“We only just got him back, there was a change of ownership and a couple of the old ones stayed in on him but to tell you the truth, I actually felt sorry for Joe,” Spackman said. 

“He got a horse that needed a break, and he gave him one, then Covid hit and he was going to aim him at the Cooma Cup and Bombala Cup where it is rock hard and he can handle it, but he was stuck racing him elsewhere.”

The Street Cry gelding looks very happy to be back in Spackman’s care, recently finishing second in a barrier trial behind the region’s best galloper, Another One.

Cryfowl demonstrated a good turn of foot, blitzing the rest of the field, whilst finishing only 1.4 lengths off Another Oner when crossing the line. 

“I am extremely happy with where the horse is at, he is first up from a spell and he gets the right pilot on him with Josh Richards,” Spackman said. 

“He is going as good as I can get him to go, he has never produced at the trials like that before, so we are really happy.”

In an added local connection to Cryfowl, Spackman has Emily Waters, the daughter of prominent local trainer Mont Waters, working for him and she has been riding Cryfowl each morning. 

“I just wanted my old horse back, I brought him for a young girl, Emily Waters, just to help her get her (riding) ticket,” Spackman said. 

“Hopefully we can get her licenced up for Harden Picnics later this year and we will win the cup. She has been with me just on 12 months and she is getting better each time she goes around, and we are looking forward to her riding a few winners for us.”

The only thing going against connections on Saturday is the current wet forecast, with Spackman praying the rain misses Tumbarumba. 

“He likes a firm track. If it comes and they get five to ten mL, we won’t be there,” Spackman said. 

The Tumbarumba Cup has been well supported in 2021 with nine nominations from leading stables. 

Doug Gorrel will be chasing back-to-back cups when he prepares Imitation Game, after landing a win in the 2020 edition with the locally owned, Southern Gamble. 

Recent Tumut Mile winner, Bravado Lass, will give Gary Colvin a chance to win his third Tumbarumba Cup, and leading jockey, Blaike McDougall has been booked for the ride. 

There is more local interest in the event too, with Rodger Waters setting up Sizzleonthebridge for the feature event and he will likely start one of the race favourites. 

Tumbarumba Bowling Club/Aristocrat Tumbarumba Cup – Benchmark 66 Hcp (1400 Metres)

Abington Threat – Georgie Boucher

Bravado Lass – Gary Colvin

Certain Riches – Becky Byrne 

Coolamine – Georgie Boucher

Cryfowl – Scott Spackman

Hurricane Jack – Robert Linnell

Imitation Game – Doug Gorrel

Roc De Khaper – Jade McDonald 

Sizzleonthebridge – Rodger Waters