Next NSW Race

Latest News

Country Trainer's Pot Of Gold Likely To Continue In TAB Highway

By Tony Megahey

Bathurst’s Dean Mirfin reckons he was hit by racing’s proverbial rainbow when his $51 third emergency Cosmologist won the Mudgee qualifier of the Country Championships in a deluge at Mudgee last Sunday, and he’s getting the drift it could strike him again at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

“Absolutely I was, and it’s well worth a crack in town with something going just enormous,” enthused Mirfin, referring to rejuvenated six-year-old discard Keymaster, an outsider into a TAB $60,000 Class 3 (1600m) Highway Plate at headquarters, amidst the Winx phenomena.

Keymaster (Sam Clenton) after a Kembla Grange win. Image by Bradley Photographers

“We got him from Kembla stables only in October; 12 months off usually means serious issues, but if they were, I couldn’t find any - his form’s outstanding. I honestly I don’t have an answer for you,” Mirfin shrugged.

“What I do know is that he’s won twice unextended, he’s worked this week like a winner again, and he’s well placed under the Highway conditions.”

Keymaster has been dominant winning a Bathurst double, the latest by a widening six lengths at 1400m, after running second to promising Mudgee Championships placegetter Ori on Fire.

Early career after winning a Kembla maiden, Keymaster ran a frustrating four placings there and failed in midweeks at Warwick Farm and Canterbury: “Those races were certainly a lot stronger than a Class 3 for country horses.”

On Saturday, Keymaster carries 59kg for Glyn Schofield and will be wider in the markets behind the prolific Highway-winning stables of Danny Williams, who trained a phenomenal trifecta in the Goulburn Championships leg on Saturday, and the multiple series-winning Matthew Dunn.

“Our only concern is out to 1600m for the first time in a harder race, but he did win by a space at 1400m with a sit. We’ll be on pace again and we know he’ll handle a rain-affected track.

“He’s a highly strung horse though and not easy to ride, so we decided against a claim and went with a senior jockey. Glyn has ridden for us previously when we’ve been placed in Highways. And like I say, he’s worked enormous since his last win.”

Meanwhile, Mirfin is still coming to terms with the amazing circumstances of the Mudgee Championships leg win by his bolter Cosmologist who was a late call-up as third emergency.

“I got a phone call right on the deadline of 7:30am when I’d given up. I thought we were a good thing in another race but we had to grab an opportunity in the Championships leg.

“The rain was fairly heavy and I couldn’t see the start then I saw our colours in the lead with little Eleanor (Webster-Hawes) going for her life and holding them out.

“And those photos in the enclosure and downpour after the race! I looked like a mix between a drowned rat and an idiot but I sure didn’t feel a thing - an amazing day.”

And Dean might not have reached the end of the racing rainbow just yet.

View the nomination with full form & race replays for Royal Randwick here

The Latest Racing News

Dale Looking For A Sharp Signal From Swoop

By Ray Hickson Trainer Matt Dale is hoping he can bring Fell Swoop out of the wilderness through the summer ...
Read More

Christmas Melody Playing For Lees & Gibbons At Scone (Friday)

The formidable Kris Lees and Andrew Gibbons combination looks set for some Christmas cheer starting at Scone on Friday with ...
Read More

Christmas Cheers For Feature Summer Racing At Royal Randwick

Festive season racing returns to Royal Randwick this Saturday for the $250,000 Group 2 Fugen Construction Villiers Stakes (1600m) as ...
Read More

Canterbury Winners - Tips For Friday Night 14th December

By Ray Hickson Tips and race by race preview by Ray Hickson for Friday’s night meeting at Canterbury Park. With ...
Read More

Josh Adams Stood Down Due To Illness (Coffs Harbour Today)

Following Race 2 at Coffs Harbour today, jockey Josh Adams was examined by the Club's doctor and diagnosed as suffering ...
Read More
Loading...
Racing NSW Apps
View
Mobile Version
Contact
Forms
Information
Industry Links