By Tony Megahey
Trevor Sutherland spectacularly broke a lean trot with four winners at Wagga Wagga on Monday and carries the momentum and confidence into Saturday’s Cowra TAB meeting.
However for the multiple Riverina premiership trainer, Monday’s feat certainly wasn’t his best.
“We trained the six-race card at Carrathool Cup day in 2017 - that was non TAB but man it was a day - it equalled the NSW record and Megan Taylor rode five,” enthused Sutherland from track-work in the icy Riverina.
“I’ve got some chances at Cowra, but we’re obviously not going in with the form and numbers at Wagga. You need on pacers at Cowra; it’s tight, short straight and 1400m circumference.
“You know Benno’s Boy, he’s won 11 for me and a stack of placings, he’ll lead or box seat and run his usual honest race.”
Benno’s Boy’s record is by far the best in the Cowra Rotary Club BM 50 (1100m) while stablemate Flying Ferret is a modest two wins from 31 starts.
Sutherland is confident his debut representative Nuffinbut Courage can show up at value in the Beecher Wool Services Maiden (950m).
“She’s a filly come on nicely off a couple of trials and showing a turn of foot to suit the track,” he said.
“Providing she handles that tight first turn, she can run us a race without knowing the opposition in a big field.”
Sutherland is represented by maiden winner How One Knows in the Cowra Services BM 53 (1100m). Significantly How One Knows led clearly before fading late in a Class I, 1100m recently at Gundagai won by Jounama who ran a big race when third in last week’s Randwick Highway.
“She’s in her right race-a mare with natural speed; from the good gate at 950m, she should be there all the way.”
Cowra will race on a good three track rating in fine weather and offer all betting services on the corresponding interstate meetings.