Walcha breeder eyes hometown cup

The Craig Martin-trained Roussos will take on today’s Walcha Cup. Photo: Bradley Photos.

Gundagai product and Walcha breeder Jill Nivison will look to win her hometown cup today, with in-form galloper Roussos taking on the $45,000 event. 

Nivison has enjoyed a storied career as a breeder alongside her brother Sandy Tait, racing champion Tie The Knot in the 1990s and 2000s, while more recently, the likes of Cherry Tortoni, Douceur, Jenny Jerome, and Dolphina.

A Walcha Cup win would be one to cherish for Nivision, who lost her husband and respected Walcha breeder Simon Nivision some years ago.

Roussos is trained in Tamworth by Craig Martin and Peter Graham will take the ride today with the four-year-old drawing gate eight in the 1440m race.

Martin recognises the important of the race to connections. 

“It would be a memorable win for long-time owner and Walcha breeder Jill Nivison if Roussos could salute in the 2023 Walcha Cup,” Martin said. 

“The impressive son of Dream Ballad comes into this off a TAB Highway run, and this form is always strong next start.”

Martin simply had to say the horse is going as well as ever. 

“These races are never easy to win but when you have a horse owned by Jill that is right at his peak then there aren’t any other options,” Martin said.

“It’s one of my favourite meetings on the calendar and we will be hoping to feature heavily”.

Roussos broke his maiden status at Walcha this time last year and after going through the grades, he gets his first crack at open company. 

Martin and his team will head to Walcha with two runners, both of which are bred and owned by Nivison.

The stable will also race Ishim in the 1200m Benchmark 58 Handicap, with Graham again in the saddle, while connections have drawn gate 12. 

Walcha Tips

Race 1: 7 Salty Rain – $6.50

Race 2: 3 Khumbu – $4

Race 3: 2 Early Hours – $5.50

Race 4: 1 Bulls Blood -$2.30

Race 5: 4 Zalini – $4.60

Race 6: 2 Ishim – $17

Race 7: 8 Kinship – $10

Race 8: 9 Nosey – $14