By Geoff Newling
Cody Morgan has a double dash at a Mercure Tamworth Showcase Cup on Sunday.
The Tamworth trainer will start topweight Goldstream ($31 on TAB fixed odds) as well as Unbiased ($4 favourite) in the $150,000 and 1400m feature race.
One has drawn well and one has drawn badly, one will most likely start favourite and the other double-figure odds as well. Both will run well, Cody added.
“I’ll be surprised if Goldstream runs any worse than fourth or fifth,” Cody said of the recent Wellington Cup winner. “He’s flying at the moment.”
After winning the 1700m Wellington Cup a few weeks, back the former Italian Derby winner has continued to impress in his work.
So much so that Cody is confident he can step back to the 1400m of Sunday’s Cup then tackle the 1600m of the Scone Cup before stepping up again to the 2350m of the July Grafton Cup.
Goldstream has drawn badly though in barrier 15 yet Cody thinks that won’t be a factor.
“I don’t think it will play a major role,” he said. “He’ll get back anyway and will line up at 30-1 because of the big weight and the bad draw.”
Unbiased, is another story. The six-year-old gelding finished sixth in the $500,000 Newhaven Park Country Championships.
He drew badly in that race on April 6 and battled on gamely to be beaten just over four and half lengths by Noble Boy.
“He’s drawn very well,” Cody Morgan said of the son of Medaglia D’Oro who has won four of his 22 starts for almost $230,000 in prizemoney.
“He’s a very honest horse, a good Cups horse. He showed that in Sydney when he drew 19 in the Country Championship Final and finished sixth.
"He’s got 54kg and a good barrier (3) on Sunday, that’s probably why he’s favourite. He’s won on the track and at the distance and is going to be right there.”
So, who does he think is the better of the two? “I think they’ll both run well,” he answered diplomatically.
"The Tamworth Cup is now more a race for city class horses. Great to get a couple of runners in it.
"Both have worked well this week and I am confident they will run well. Unbiased did get a soft draw and did win the Country Championships Qualifier here and drops 2kgs on that race.”
Cody is running fourth in the HNWRA trainer’s premiership with 16 wins - Kris Lees leads with 34 wins from Brett Cavanough (21) and Sue Grills (20) – and believes the Ross Stitt-trained Blinkin Artie might be the horse to beat in Sunday’s Cup.
He also has Pat’s Nipper ($12) in the race immediately preceding the Cup and believes that gelding is also a chance at good each-way odds too.
HNWRA TRAINER’S PREMIERSHIP (unofficial): Kris Lees 34, Brett Cavanough 21, Sue Grills 20, Cody Morgan 16, Stirling Osland 15, Paul Perry, Peter Sinclair 14, Allan Denham, Rod Northam 12, Angela Davies 10, Geoff O’Brien, Melanie O’Gorman, Gayna Williams 9, Gavin Groth, Stephen Jones 8.