By Doug Ryan
Taree Cup-winning Newcastle trainer Jason Deamer and his suspended jockey Christian Reith on that occasion will be reunited on a promising happy discovery trip to Wauchope Jockey Club’s TAB meeting transferred from Port Macquarie Racecourse to Kempsey on Monday.
They combined to win with Decroux in the $100,000 Stacks Law Firm Cup but overuse of the whip by Reith had stewards giving him a suspension until Monday’s TAB races at Kempsey and a substantial fine.
Deamer is not sure he has taken a galloper to race at Warwick Park Racecourse at Kempsey before whereas Reith will be having his first look at the circuit.
“I am looking forward to being at the track and possibly having a winner or more there,” Deamer said.
Notwithstanding, the two could combine for a meritorious day, their first big hope being last start Taree winner five-year-old gelding Discombe in the feature Wauchope RSL Club Benchmark 66 Handicap over 1450m.
The horse has only had 13 starts but has posted three wins and six placings, having won first-up from a spell over 1400m at Taree on August 21.
“The horse never wins by big margins ... its Taree win was a big effort,” Deamer said.
Discombe was trained by the Randwick partnership of Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott and is owned by Dynamic Syndications, Decroux also being one of theirs.
“Discombe has worked well since and should be handy all the way,” he said.
It is a handy field and an interesting runner is resuming Taree six-year-old gelding Editors which has four wins at the distance and one win from one start at the track.
Deamer’s four-year-old mare Solvency in the Hastings Hotel Class 2 Handicap over 1250m is resuming from a spell and in its only three starts snared a win when the “winner” was disqualified at Tamworth in February and then registered two thirds at Scone and Tamworth in April.
It was fourth in a Beaumont Track trial at Newcastle on August 26 and according to Deamer “has made improvement during the break.”
Another having its second start after three trials and a third over 1100m at Scone is three-year-old filly Shakti for Deamer in the Inland 4WD Maiden over 1250m.
The Scone race was over 1100m on August 26 and Deamer believes the experience and extra distance should enhance her prospects.
As for four-year-old mare Respectful in the Port City Glass Maiden Plate over 1450m, it's last placing at Taree can be erased as it drew wide and stayed there for the journey. Its second placing was at Muswellbrook over 1280m the start before on August 2 and an improvement is expected.
Kempsey trainer Barry Ratcliff always looks forward to racing at home and has had plenty of success, many times with long-priced gallopers. He saddles up five gallopers, a few of them up against Deamer’s hopes, but one of them which dodges Deamer’s gallopers is four-year-old mare Bear The Crown in the M&S Print Class 1 Handicap over 1000m.
It won over 1500m at Port Macquarie in November, was unplaced in the Grafton Prelude and Guineas in July and is returning after an unusual spell.
“She has been chasing cattle at Kundabung with champion bull rider Brad Scott in the saddle,” Ratcliff said. “She had a habit of not racing inside horses and is in really good condition.”
RACE 1: Great Marlow 1, Charmmebaby 2, Serriano 3.
RACE 2: Urbino 1, Pelgrave 2, Respectful 3.
RACE 3: Shakti 1, Four Egos 2, Miss Scalini 3.
RACE 4: Sylvia’s Memory 1, Boom Queen 2, Odds Or Evens 3.
RACE 5: Unearthed 1, Selective 2, Sister Ellie 3.
RACE 6: Solvency 1, Divine Diva 2, Oh So Hot 3.
RACE 7: Discombe 1, Condover Hall 2, Editors 3.