Worsnop duo eye Tumut Cup success

Teighan Worsnop and the Garry Worsnop-trained Tough James, pictured here winning at Tumut back on February 12, will contest Saturday’s Tumut Cup.

Local product Teighan Worsnop is hoping the stars will align as she looks to win her first country cup at Tumut on Saturday. 

The two-kilogram claiming apprentice, who went to school in Tumut and Gundagai, has won 26 races since kicking off her career in 2020.

The 23-year-old won the Tumut Mile in 2022 on the Georgie Boucher-trained Gwennybegg, but she is yet to win a country cup, and she hopes she can change that tomorrow when riding Tough James for her pop and Albury trainer, Garry Worsnop. 

“I have not won a cup yet, and if given the opportunity to win a cup, I hope it’s on one of pop’s horses,” Worsnop said. 

“It is a very good race, and I thought the Tumbarumba Cup was good, but Tumut has come out to be stronger and it won’t be an easy race to win.”

Worsnop and Tough James ran third in the Tumbarumba Cup when only beaten 0.58 of a length by the Country Championship bound and Gary Colvin-trained Carnival Miss. 

Tough James looked the winner with a half-furlong to go, and Wornsop believes the six-year-old will be better for the run at Tumut. 

“I thought we might win at Tumba, and I knew they were behind me coming down the outside, but coming down the hill, I felt him shorten-up a bit, but he still ran well to finish third,” Worsnop said. 

“That was only his second run this prep, and coming into Tumut, he will have more fitness under his belt.”

Tough James, which has drawn gate four in the capacity cup field, has won at Tumut before, and he is an on-pace type that doesn’t mind tight-turning tracks and firm surfaces, which he will likely get at Tumut.

“We’ve won at Tumut before, and that was our first win when we had a good run a couple preps back, and I think going back to the NSW way of going will help, and hopefully everything will go his way, and if it does, I think he will run a really nice race.”

Worsnop has a good book of rides at Tumut, and she will jump aboard the Gino D’Altorio-trained Ima Snitty in the 1000m Maiden Plate and Soul Benefit in the 1200m Class One Handicap, the Craig Weeding-trained Battle Talent in the 1400m Class Two Handicap, and the Andrew Dale-trained legal Zou in the 1000m Tumut Sprint.

Locals eye Tumut Cup win

There is a lot of local interest in Saturday’s $19,000 Tumut Cup, which will be run and won over the 1400m journey. 

Gundagai product and Sky Racing presenter Anthony Manton and his Patriot Bloodstock team own likely race favourite Buzz ‘N’ Joe from the Mitch Beer yard. 

The six-year-old was a nice winner at Nowra last year, and he hasn’t missed a place in four starts this preparation, and with Tumbarumba product Nick Souquet in the saddle, he looks every chance from gate three.

Tumbarumba product Rodger Waters will have Sizzleonthebridge (Fiona Sandkuhl. Gate 11) going around, but the Wantabadgery runner isn’t going well at the moment and is hard to have in the feature. 

The Kerry Weir-trained Crocodile Cod arrives after a win at Tumut on Boxing Day and an Adelong Cup win on New Year’s Day, and connections draw nicely with gate two, while Richard Bensley takes the ride. 

The Tumut horse will be a crowd favourite, but this is a much tougher event than recent wins. 

Gundagai galloper Taliano will come across for Michelle Russell, and he looks a chance on recent form. 

The seven-year-old will get back, but if the pace is on, punters can expect Taliano to be flying home late. Connections draw gate 9 and Jason Lyon takes the ride. 

Tumut Cup meeting tips

Race 1: 6-3-2

Race 2: 3-9-1

Race 3: 1-3-2

Race 4: 1-2-5

Race 5: 1-2-5

Race 6: 2-1-4