Theresa Bateup lands Crackalacka of a win in Moruya Cup

Molly Bourke and Theresa Bateup were all smiles after winning the $75,000Moruya Cup with Crackalacka. Photo: Graeme White.

Theresa Bateup is Big Dance bound following Monday’s win in the $75,000 Moruya Cup. 

Bateup, who trains out of her Kembla Grange base, sent Shaka Rock (Jess Taylor, $15) and Crackalacka (Molly Bourke, $26) to Moruya, and it was the latter of the two that finished over the top of the Tash Burleigh-trained To The Nines (Amy McLucas, $4.8) to win by 0.8 of a length, while the Matthew Dale-trained Toretto (Jeff Penza, $5) flashed late to finish third, beaten 1.3 lengths. 

Initially drawn as an emergency, Crackalacka gained a start for connections, and despite the big starting price, she was able to bring up win number 5 at start number 15. 

“This mare has been going great,” Bateup said. 

“She strung those three (wins) together for us here last year, and she actually won the Narooma Town Plate last year, and then she just didn’t have things go to plan but was still racing well.”

The five-year-old caught the eye last start when making ground to finish fourth in the Narooma Cup on December 18, and Bateup believes that run had the Poet’s Voice mare primed for today’s Moruya Cup.  

“Her run here in the Narooma Cup last start was super, she drew wide, went back, got to the outside, and really worked home strongly 

“From a better draw today, I was actually surprised how close she was in the run, and I actually said to a few of the owners with me coming to the turn that she is close enough, and if she lets down, she’s right in this.

“She is just such a tough mare, and a big congratulations to the owners; they are up in Queensland, and they selected her off an online sale and I’ve just bought her half-brother and he’s just been broken in.”

Bateup praised the Moruya Jockey Club team for putting on another terrific meeting. 

“They present the track beautifully here at Moruya and it’s always been one of my favourite tracks to come to,” Bateup said. 

“They are a really great club, they really support you well and look after you, and everything is presented really well, the track has always got a nice bit of give in it.”

With Bateup ‘adding another trophy to the collection’ when winning her maiden Moruya Cup, it also means Crackalacka has qualified for the $2 million Big Dance and $500,000 Little Dance, along with runner up To The Nines.

The Kembla Grange trainer indicated that her mare will now be set for the $80,000 Bega Cup on January 29. 

In a big day at Moruya, the Kerry Parker-trained Don Luigi (Jeff Penza, $4.20) won the $50,000 Moruya Town Plate, defeating the Paul Murray-trained Espirito (Winona Costin, $1.95) by 1.3 lengths, while 2022 winner Akeed (Billy Owen, $7.50) was 1.6 lengths away in third for trainer Jamie Stewart.

Moruya trainer Natalie Jarvis prepared four winners on the program, with Shaun Guymer guiding three of the stable’s winners to the finishing line. 

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