The “Dubbo Connection” will attempt to snare the Cowra Cup for the first time with one of the more consistent country horses in training, Our Sarastro.
Our Sarastro is trained at Dubbo by Connie Greig, owned in the town by Michelle Jones and will be ridden by three kilograms claiming apprentice Chris Williams.
Greig said the 1700 metres was her only concern, but the tighter turning track was an advantage for the noted front-runner.
“He is a dead set miler so the 1700 metres is a bit of a query,” she said.
“They either catch him or they don’t. He will have this start and then go for a spell – he has had a good campaign.”
Our Sarastro has raced 12 times this preparation for three wins and has only missed a place twice.
Williams has ridden Our Sarastro at seven of his past eight starts and knows the horse well.
“He is an easy horse to ride and goes well for Chris,” Greig said. “He has had three wins and two seconds on him.
“The good draw in four will give every chance to find the front.”
Our Sarastro started his racing career in Victoria and has worked through his grades to cup class.
In 40 starts, Our Sarastro has finished in the top three 18 times making him very much a dream horse to own.
The six-year-old has won the Gunnedah Christmas Cup, finished second in the Warren Cup and fourth in the Gilgandra Cup last start.
Greig finished third in the Cowra Cup last year with Dawson’s War behind Bayley Louise.
Jockey Brendan Ward was successful last year and will be aboard one of the favourites, Force Of Magic, on Sunday.
Williams has a strong chance of winning both feature races as he will also be aboard track specialist Zarhron in the sprint.
Zarhron won the corresponding race in 2016 and is unbeaten in two starts at Cowra.