By Tony Megahey
Tamworth’s rising training brothers Cody and Luke Morgan likely will be in the thick of the action at bigger occasions before they focus on value chances at Monday’s Scone TAB meeting.
While multiple regional premiership trainer Kris Lees has the numbers and form to dominate at Scone the young Morgans, former jockeys and champion rodeo riders, are enjoying highly productive seasons.
They have excelled with discards from high profile stables and have prospects at Saturday’s tremendous Championships day at Royal Randwick, the Wellington Boot carnival over the weekend and finally Scone’s seven-race programme on Monday.
Cody has talented Ligulate, a Godolphin cast-off contesting the Newhaven Park $400,000 Country Championship final at headquarters ridden by James McDonald, in superb touch.
On Sunday Luke has five-year-old mare Fussdinado, with the imposing record of six wins from 16 starts, contesting the prestigious TAB Wellington Town Plate.
At Scone, Cody saddles up former Bjorn Baker galloper Shamusu Sho (NZ) after blitzing the opposition at Armidale, while Luke also has strong prospects with last start Gunnedah winner I’m a Cracker at the Hunter track.
“We’ve got some nice chances overall. Depending on the weather, Cody’s already in Sydney, I’ve also accepted at Wellington with I’m a Cracker but he’s drawn a lot more favourably at Scone,” Luke, a former world champion saddle bronco rider explained.
I'm A Cracker wins at Gunnedah on March 12
“He’s a handy type, nice turn of foot to win last start and he’s trained on.”
Shamusu Sho (NZ) could not have been more impressive winning by a widening five lengths from midfield over 1400m and landing a plunge into $1.75. Rory Hutchings is again on the former Kiwi.
“Cody’s got a big opinion of him, he’s just thrived since he came up to a new environment and a real big win,” Luke adds.
"He’s drawn out but the way he won, he’ll be even better suited out to 1600m.”
Jahbath, formerly with the Hayes and Dabernig stable, is a Bendigo maiden winner and has drawn extremely wide in the last race for Cody with a decision yet to be made.
“Cody hasn’t had him for long, getting fitter.”
Luke is positive enough at Wellington on Sunday with Fussdinado, wide in the market.
“It’s a big step up for this mare in a hot race but she’s racing super, Greg (Ryan) rides and we’ve drawn a gate,” he said.
At present Scone is rated a soft 6 racing surface in overcast weather.