Wayne Collison eyes elusive Dandy Cup

Liam Blanch returns aboard the Wayne Collison trained Sue’s Girlfriend after winning at Orange. Photo: Racing Photography.

Wayne Collison has ridden and trained the winner of the Narromine Cup during his career, but he is yet to win an elusive Dandy Cup.

“I don’t think I’ve ever won it. I won the Narromine Cup as a trainer (in 2018) with Magic Over The Bay and I rode a cup winner, but I’ve not won a Dandy Cup,” Collison said.

“It would be nice. It’s always good to win these races, especially on your home track.”

Collison looks to have a live chance in Saturday’s Dandy Cup at Narromine, with Sue’s Girlfriend entered in the 1200m Benchmark 66 Handicap.

The Zariz mare is a four-time winner from 23 starts, and following a 27-week spell, she returned to racing at Dubbo on October 1, finishing 6th of 9 over the 1000m, beaten 2.71 lengths. 

“She will be a bit of a chance,” Collison said.

“Her first start back from a spell at Dubbo was a pretty nice run and she has done well since and she handles the damper track, which we are likely to get.”

The outside draw (gate 12) doesn’t worry the popular trainer, and with Sue’s Girlfriend, which will be ridden by 1.5 claiming apprentice Liam Blanch, boasting a good second-up record (3:2-1), Collison was quietly confident of his mare’s chances.

“She has enough pace to lead; she will go well as long as she doesn’t have to work too hard,” Collison said.

“1200m second-up probably suits her down to the ground.”

Sue’s Girlfriend has been thereabouts in close finishes against some handy types, which Collison highlighted when spruiking her Dandy Cup chances. 

“If you go back through her form, before she won her maiden, she just got beat by that good horse from Gilgandra (Patrick May). It just beat her,” Collison said. 

“She also ran second to Spiranac and it’s going around in The Kosciuszko on Saturday. I think he might have improved a bit, but she has faced some good horses.” 

While the five-year-old might not be racing in The Kosciuszko on Saturday, Sue’s Girlfriend will enjoy being on her home track (3:1-0-1) at Narromine and on a potentially heavy surface (1:1-0-0).

“She gets worked on the track every now and then and she has raced here before and went well,” Collison said. 

Sue’s Girlfriend and her crack at the Dandy Cup will headline a strong eight-race-program at Narromine on Saturday.

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