Tony Newing confident of winning Bowraville Cup with Camp Rifle

Camp Rifle will start as one of the favourites to win the Bowraville Cup on Saturday. Photo: Trackside Photography.

Not often is a country cup seen as an easy win for trainers, but Gosford conditioner Tony Newing is heading to Nambucca River Jockey Club on Saturday confident that Camp Rifle has what it takes to win a Bowraville Cup.

“That is the idea of going there – we are going there for an easy kill and trying to win a weak one,” Newing said 

The five-year-old has drawn gate six, while Matthew McGuren will take the ride, and Newing said conditions suited in the $27,000 event.

“The fact he has drawn outside the likely leader, theoretically he should get the gun run,” Newing said. 

“We are very confident.”

Camp Rifle is a consistent type, winning three times from 26 starts and boasts a recent second placing at Eagle Farm and despite contesting the feature event, he meets a small field of seven runners.

Newing, who has never won a Bowraville Cup, said he enjoyed targeting these country cup races.

“I’ve only ever had one other runner. It was Social Pirate, and he should have won. Peter Graham couldn’t get a run and it finished third,” Newing said. 

“We love looking at these races. They are my favourite; I love those meetings. Those one-off clubs, they always put on a show.”

Camp Rifle’s biggest challenger looks to be the Paul Smith trained Northern Wilderose after the six-year-old mare registered a win at Port Macquarie followed by a third in the Hopkins Livermore Cup at Taree.

“It might only be a Bowraville Cup to some people but it’s a good little race,” Newing said. 

“A Country Championship horse like Northern Wilderose won’t be easy to beat.”

The seven-race Bowraville card will be broadcast to Sky 2 meaning punters can get around the meeting that jumps at 12.18pm. 

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