Tough Coffs Harbour sprinter Plateau Gold and his stablemate Clemmensen are both off to Victoria on vastly different missions after they line up at Grafton's AHA NSW Cup meeting on Sunday.
Plateau Gold, chasing the 12th win of his career, runs in Sunday's Roches Hotel Return To Racing Hcp (1006m) while Clemmensen tackles the AHA NSW Benchmark 55 Hcp (2206m).
Trainer Jim Jarvis has booked 3kg-claiming apprentice Chelsea Ings to ride both topweights. Plateau Gold was allotted a massive 67.5kg in his race and Clemmensen 62kg for his assignment.
Jarvis revealed that Plateau Gold's next start after Grafton would likely be at Moonee Valley on 24 February in a $55,000 heat of the Inglis 55 Second Challenge over 955m. Clemmensen, on the other hand, is about to leave the Jarvis stable to embark on a Victorian hurdling career.
"Plateau Gold's getting weighted out of country races now and suitable city races are programmed too far apart so he's probably getting close to the end of his career," Jarvis said. "But he will go down to Moonee Valley for that 955m race on 24 February and maybe we can find a couple of other races for him in Victoria after that."
Jarvis is no stranger to Moonee Valley having trained at Cranbourne for many years before moving to Coffs Harbour.
"I think I've had about three winners at the Valley," he said.
Despite Plateau Gold still having to carry 64.5kg after Ings' 3kg claim on Sunday, Jarvis thinks the seven-year-old will give the race a mighty shake.
Plateau Gold has been racing as well as ever, winning three of his past four starts. Those wins include the $51,000 Kirby Quality (1000m) at Grafton in July and the $35,000 Blinkan Missit Showcase (800m) at Coffs Harbour on 9 December when he lumped 63.5kg to victory.
Plateau Gold's most recent run was a good fifth to Dal Cielo in the $100,000 Summer Sprint (1000m) at Warwick Farm on 7 January.
"He's been racing really well and I was pleased with his effort in Sydney last time against some Group-quality horses," Jarvis said.
"He's got to carry 64.5kg on Sunday after Chelsea's claim but one of the reasons I booked her is that she's a little bit heavier than some of the other apprentices so he'll be carrying less dead weight.
"He carried 63.5kg at Coffs Harbour two runs back and he's got an extra kilo at Grafton - it's tough but still not too dramatic a weight rise. But this race is over 1006m and he's really a 900-1000m horse. With that weight, the final 40 or 50m of Sunday's race will be the worry."
Plateau Gold has been a great performer for Jarvis and the syndicate of owners headed by Gary Penfold who bred him by mating the King Ivor mare Glow Of Light to Za-Im, a now-deceased Green Desert stallion.
Despite two separate lengthy lay-offs through injuries during his career, Plateau Gold has won 11 of his 32 starts and been placed seven times, collecting just over $332,000 in prizemoney.
He has won at six different tracks, including three of his seven starts at Grafton. Plateau Gold's record also includes back-to-back wins in the Gold Coast's short-course summer feature, the Bat Out Of Hell Flying (900m), in 2014-15.
"He came to me when he was about 18 months old and was difficult to train when I first got him - he had a real mind of his own back then but is the perfect gentleman now," Jarvis said.
Jarvis said his other runner on Sunday, Clemmensen, would relish the 2206m of the AHA NSW Cup and hopes he can bow out a winner on the flat in NSW before he heads off on his jumping career in Victoria.
"He is going down to trainer Quinton Scott to start a hurdling career," Jarvis said.
"This horse will 'stay a fortnight' and is a fast-running type of stayer - they often make good jumpers.
"He'll appreciate the 2200m on Sunday and hopefully he can go out a winner for me."
Clemmensen broke through for his first win in more than a year when he scored at Coffs Harbour in a Benchmark 54 Hcp (2015m) on 30 December. Last start he finished second to Malleable in the Summer Stayers Stakes (1900m) at Kempsey on 10 January.
The rail for Sunday's seven-race program will be out 3m from the 800m to the winning post. The track is currently rated a soft 6.