Monday, 1 August 2011
Carlton Mid Coffs Harbour Cup Carnival (Latest News Bulletin)

Latest news for the Carlton Mid Coffs Harbour Cup Carnival which kicks off this Wednesday (3rd August).

By Chris Scholtz

Newcastle jockey Andrew Gibbons will be aiming for another big north coast feature win this week when he teams with the Kim Moore-trained Delago Star in Thursday’s $70,000 Carlton Mid Coffs Harbour Cup.

The hard-working jockey was rewarded with his biggest career win at Grafton last month when he won the $130,000 Ramornie Handicap on Jerezana for the Peter Snowden stable.

Gibbons will be having his first ride on Delago Star, the winner of nine races including the Port Macquarie Cup and Wyong Magic Mile.

The eight-year-old, third over 1800m at Randwick last month before his last start eighth over 2000m at Rosehill, is among the capacity field of 16 starters (with two emergencies) that includes numerous nominations from Sydney and Queensland stables.

Melbourne star Danny Nikolic will be riding at the Coffs Harbour Cup carnival on Wednesday and Thursday but is too heavy to continue his association with last year’s winner Mossurmi in Thursday's Carlton Mid Coffs Harbour Cup.

Trainer Marc Conners has booked lightweight Sydney jockey Jeff Penza to ride Mossurmi, who carried 54.5kg when he was ridden by Nikolic to beat Long Journey Home and Slick Sniper in last year’s Coffs Harbour Cup.

“Danny would have had the ride again but Mossurmi has only 53kg this year and he is too heavy to take the ride,” Conners said.

Mossurmi will return in similar form to last year as he strives to be the first horse to win back-to-back Coffs Harbour Cups since 1949.

Last year he headed to Coffs Harbour off a second placing at Rosehill and heads north this year on the back of his second on the Kensington track at Randwick on July 27.

Glenn Lynch has been retained by Wyong trainer Stephen Farley for last start South Grafton Cup winner Gazza Guru.

Gold Coast stables hold a strong hand with Scott Seamer booked to ride the Alicia Willick-trained Silent Movie and Glen Colless aboard Brave The Way for Alan Bailey.

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