Theresa Bateup to continue Bega Cup carnival love affair

Theresa Bateup will have 14 runners across the two-day Bega Cup carnival on Saturday and Sunday. Photo: Bradley Photos.

There is no questioning that the Theresa Bateup stable has been in good form in 2021/22, with the likes of Crackalacka recently winning the Narooma Cup, while former Bega Cup winner, Monegal, won at Rosehill earlier this month. 

“They have been going good, and we like those good runs; we’ll take them while we can,” Bateup laughed. 

Bateup will venture to the Sapphire Coast on Saturday and Sunday for the club’s popular Bega Cup two-day carnival, and the in-form trainer will leave no stone unturned, with a massive team engaged across both days.

“We have 14 in across the two days. Seven on Saturday and seven and Sunday,” Bateup said.

“I think last year we had six on each day. I love the Sapphire Coast track. I’ve had a lot of success down there.

“I’ve won the (training) premiership three out of the last four years and my horses seem to race well there. 

“Plus, we love the track, the people and we support all their meetings.”

The Bega Cup carnival is an annual event for not only Bateup, but her slew of owners, who in recent years have made it a real weekend getaway.  

“I try and always take down whatever is suitable, and I definitely target this two-day carnival,” Bateup said. 

“I actually sponsor a race on both days, and our owners get down there for what is always a great weekend.

“They go to the Calcutta on Saturday night, stay a few days, and it is a target for our calendar, not just for the racing, but for the owners and having a good weekend away.”

Bateup won the Bega Cup in 2020 with Monegal and finished an unlucky second with Golly I’m Lucky in 2021, and this year, Brock Ryan will ride The Guru in the $80,000 feature on Sunday.

“I’m probably not going in as confident as I have the two previous years,” Bateup said. 

“Don’t get me wrong, he (The Guru) is a quality horse, and we gave him a little three week freshen up following his last start at Rosehill then we gave him a jump out on Tuesday morning.

“If anything, he might be a touch under done, but he is coming back to the mile, and the idea is to keep that freshness in his legs.

“It is a very open race, and he is a quirky horse at times, but Brock gets along with him really well and I definitely consider him an each-way chance. 

Bateup has Foxtrot Bravo contesting the $50,000 Sapphire Coast Cup on Sunday and she believed he was a live chance. 

“He actually come third in the race last year coming off a Wagga maiden win. He was three wide, and it was an impressive run,” Bateup said. 

“He is a much more seasoned and mature racehorse this time around and he will have no dramas with the 2200m, and he finally draws a gate.” 

In the third of the features on Sunday, Bateup will race Pindarra’s Dream and Real Key in the $50,000 Showcase Sprint. 

Still, Bateup believed her best chance of winning a race was in the first race on Saturday, with Densaur contesting the 1600m Maiden Plate. 

“Hopefully we kick-off the carnival with a winner in the first with Densaur,” Bateup said. 

“I was umming and ahhing whether I raced him on Saturday or Sunday. I had him in on the Sunday as well, but the weather was a swaying factor and with a chance of rain late Saturday, and because he prefers to be on top of the ground, we decided to race him Saturday. 

“He is going well. The ability is there, despite being a big gangly horse.

“If he keeps improving, I thought he would be hard to beat and he should be hitting his straps once he gets to the mile.”

It is set to be a massive two days for the Bateup team and Sapphire Coast Turf Club, and readers can click here for more information on the two-carnival, or here for Saturday’s fields or here for Sunday’s fields