Yass River hoping for repeat win

CONNECTIONS of six-year-old gelding Yass River will be looking to tomorrow’s Murwillumbah Cup Prelude hoping for a repeat of his Pottsville Cup win last month.

The stage is set with a rain-affected racing surface, mirroring conditions encountered during his handsome win on Mothers’ Day.

On that occasion, he came away in the straight to score by a length after sitting quietly with the backmarkers for most of the race. Senior jockey Darron Coleman retains the ride.

The Ballina-based stable of Yass River’s trainer Danny Bowen is going from strength to strength.

As the Northern Rivers Racing Association trainers premiership approaches the business end of the 2009-10 season, Bowen leads the stats with an impressive 38 wins, clear of Coffs Harbour trainer Brett Bellamy on 34.

If Yass River has an Achilles heel, it is that he has never been over the 1800m Cup Prelude journey before, though his come-from-behind style of racing in middle distance events should suit him.

His main challenge will come from lightly-raced four-year-old Red Amigo, prepared on the Gold Coast by Trevor Bailey.

Red Amigo is still fresh with only three runs under his belt this preparation, including an impressive win in a Class 3 Plate at Ipswich.

He has won over 1800m before, and the sting out of the ground shouldn’t bother him.

Red Amigo is still moving up through the grades but the good company he has faced to date suggests he is up to the task.

Others to watch include topweight Mr Goldfire, who finished third to Yass River in the 1510m Pottsville Cup, and the Gillian Heinrich-trained stayer Under Construction.

Both have won on rain-affected tracks and Mr Goldfire can boast two placings at Murwillumbah from two attempts.

The Cup Prelude is race seven and is due to get under way at 3.42pm. The other feature race is the Murwillumbah Newmarket Prelude (1200m) at 3.05pm.

Gates open at 11.30am and the first race jumps at 12.10pm.

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