Stanley’s set for Cowra Cup double act

They Stanley’s and Not Negotiating will be shooting for back-to-back cup wins in Sunday’s Cowra Jockey Club Cup. Photo: Racing Photography.

Peter and Ashleigh Stanley will look to continue their recent winning run at Cowra Jockey Club on Sunday. 

The duo will combine in the Cowra Cup and the Cowra Japan Cup – the two feature races on the nine-race Country Cup program.

The 1700m Cowra Lamb Cowra Cup is the main race on the program, and Ash Stanley will hop aboard top weight and $3.30 race favourite, Not Negotiating, which won the Mudgee Cup earlier last month. 

Trainer Peter Stanley believed his six-year-old mare deserved the favourites tag too. 

“It isn’t the strongest cup race, and she has probably earned the position to be that sort of a price,” Stanley said. 

“She beat a highly benchmarked horse in that Mudgee Cup, and she has been fair and honest this preparation.”

Stanley believed the only thing going against his Onemorenomore mare, was the fact that the tight-turning Cowra racecourse didn’t always suit backmarkers. 

“I just hope the race is run to suit us,” Stanley said.

“It’s a tight little track and I know she gets back a little bit, so we need a stroke of luck to get a nice run in transit, but if we get that comfortable run, she will be very hard to beat.”

Stanley will also have The Long Run going around in the 1200m Cowra Japan Cup, and despite being an $11 chance with bookmakers, the Wellington trainer believed his seven-year-old mare was his best chance on the day. 

“I think she is the forgotten horse in that race,” Stanley said.

“They have forgot all about her and to tell you to the truth – this is my own and my host opinion – she is the best chance of the two.”

Stanley said both mares were ready and raring for their races though, and he was simply pleased to have both gallopers in his stable.

“They are racing well, and I realise I’ve left them a bit longer than usual in between runs since Mudgee, but there is a reason for that, and they are pretty well tuned for Sunday,” Stanley said. 

“I think I am very fortunate to have these two mares in my stable. I only have nine horses in the shed and a lot of trainers would like to have those two horses because they are handy and honest.”

It will be a massive day for the Cowra Jockey Club, which is celebrating 25 years since hosting their historic triple dead-heat, and Stanley was looking forward to helping the club celebrate the occasion.

“I love Cowra. It has been a very good track to me over the years,” Stanley said. 

“I rode a lot of winners there; I’ve trained winners there and I love the place and I like the committee and the whole town.

“What they are doing there this weekend, with the Calcutta, the dead-heat and the cup; that is exactly what country racing is about.”

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