Swan Hill galloper eyes Moulamein-Carrathool Cup double 

Austy Coffey will look to win the Carrathool Cup on Saturday. Image: Fairfax Media.

Austy Coffey hopes Show Me Champagne can win another NSW Country Cup when taking on Saturday’s Carrathool Cup.

In December, the five-year-old was tough as nails when winning the Moulamein Cup.

Tara-Jane Duffy, who rode Show Me Champagne to victory at Moulamein, is in the saddle again, and Coffey has been working the Showcasing mare in preparation for the Carrathool Cup. 

“She won well that day at Moulamein; she was three-wide on the pace and battled away really well,” Coffey told NSW Country and Picnic Racing.

“We’ve been given her the odd bit of work the wrong way at home, but she’s got to go the other way, and we’ll see how she goes on Saturday.”

Coffey won the Moulamein/Carrathool Cup double in 1995/96 with ten-time winner Rose of Kinane, and he believes Show Me Champagne is cut from the same cloth.

“She goes good; she’s a tough little mare,” Coffey said. 

“She carries weight but goes well looking like that; she’ll look fat in the mounting yard, but she’ll race well.

“She’ll go forward, depending on how fast they go, but she’ll begin well and be out towards the front early.”

When asked why he was trekking into NSW with Show Me Champagne, Coffey said an eager owner was keen to watch the horse race in the country. 

“She belongs to a mate of mine, and he wanted to go there,” Coffey said. 

“After she won at Moulamein on the dirt, he asked me where the next dirt meeting is, and here we are.”

The silverware won’t simply be handed to the Swan Hill visitor, with Show Me Champagne taking on a good little field, including recent Tumbarumba cup winner Eamonn’s Memory.

“It’s never easy wherever you go, and you can easily come away disappointed,” Coffey said. 

“I’ve always said, the joints you go to, the better horse you need.

Coffey won’t be the only trainer making the three-and-half-hour trip from Swan Hill, with Helen Burns starting two chances. 

The remainder of the Carrathool fields largely comprise Victorian trainers, with Seymour visitors Ron Hockley and Steven Noble starting chances, along with the large Wangaratta contingent from Andrew Dale, Craig Weeding, Steve Cunningham, and Ben Brisbourne yards. 

It’s always a good day at Carrathool, and a big crowd will be on hand for the six-race program, the fashions on the field, and off-track entertainment. 

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