Townsville trainer Bub Baker hopes to pick up some tidy holiday expenses when his prolific North Queensland winner One Bar None lines up at Coffs Harbour on Sunday.
One Bar None, runner-up to Executed in last year's Cleveland Bay Handicap in Townsville, makes his first appearance away from North Queensland tracks when he steps out in Sunday's T G Jung Quarries Wayne Glenn Pink Silks Cup (1200m).
The five-year-old son of All Bar One has drawn barrier seven in the 14-horse field and will be ridden by 3kg-claiming apprentice Melanie Bolwell.
"We’re down here on holidays so we thought we'd bring a couple of horses with us this time," said Baker. "This is the first time we've brought horses with us on holiday - we don't have kids to bring with us, so we brought the horses instead. Hopefully they can pick up some prize money while we're down here."
One Bar None has been a great money spinner for his connections in North Queensland, winning 10 of his 29 starts and just over $190,000. He's won seven races at Townsville and three others races at Mackay, Innisfail and Cairns.
"He's been a great horse to us. We bought him for only $6000 off (former top jockey) Scott Seamer and he's now won $190,000," he said. "I don't think Scott's gotten over it."
One Bar None is coming off a last-start win at Townsville on 24 November when he carried 60kg to win an Open Hcp over 1200m.
"I must admit I don't know the form of the opposition in Sunday's race so I don't know how he'll measure up," said Baker. "I'm not sure yet if he'll start again down this way - we'll see what happens on Sunday first."
The Coffs Harbour track is currently rated a soft 6 and Baker said he would prefer a firm surface for One Bar None. He said the sprinter's previous efforts on wet tracks had produced mixed results.
"He was beaten on a soft 5 as an odds-on favourite at Townsville once but came out another day at Innisfail on a heavy 8 and surprised me by winning by five lengths," said Baker.
Baker will be having his first runners at Coffs Harbour on Sunday with Miss Jettison also set down to run in the Key Employment 2YO Maiden Plate (800m).
Miss Jettison, a Jet Spur filly, has had two runs in Townsville - losing her rider on debut on 12 November and finishing sixth of eight on 8 December.