CLOSE FINISH: The Jackal, ridden by Robert Thompson, leads the field to the tape in the Ramornie Handicap at Grafton yesterday.
CLOSE FINISH: The Jackal, ridden by Robert Thompson, leads the field to the tape in the Ramornie Handicap at Grafton yesterday.

Kincharm a winner, if only he would pass horses in front

By TONY WHITE

SYDNEY trainer Kevin Moses is poised to add a unique chapter to the history of the $160,000 Andrew Fletcher Surveyors Grafton Cup (2350m) today with a gelding described as 'frustration personified'.

The affable 55-year-old Moses will saddle-up Kincharm, to be ridden by former Coffs Harbour lad turned champion jockey, Zac Purton.

During his days as a top-flight jockey Moses figured prominently in Grafton Cup history, winning the Clarence River Jockey Club's flagship event on two occasions Jardel (1973) and Osmiridium (1982).

Records suggest no former Grafton Cup winning jockey has gone on to win the feature as a trainer.

I've always liked the Grafton carnival and I've managed to have a bit of luck up there," Moses said.

Gee it would be great if Kincharm could win the cup, but as we all know, he has a mental flaw in his make-up. He just won't go past them.

I've spoken to Zac (Purton) and we're going to do a few different things with him. Hopefully they work. The horse is really well. He couldn't be any fitter and I think the dry track will suit him."

Kincharm, by Victoria Derby winner Ebony Grove, has plenty of galloping ability.

As a three-year-old he was beaten a nose by Ice Chariot in the Grand Prix in Brisbane, that horse going on to win the Queensland Derby.

His record, however, underlines a deficiency in his mental make-up with only two wins from 34 starts.

The four-year-old has been placed on 12 occasions.

He should have won a lot more races," Moses said.

He's the nicest, friendliest horse you'd ever want to work with. It's just this thing he has in his head. For some reason he doesn't want t go past them (other horses).

I even got Darren Beadman to ride him and Darren said even when he was coming back to scale he wouldn't go past the other horses."

Considered an eternal bridesmaid, Moses believes one day the penny will drop with Kincharm and he will race away with a decent race. Hopefully that can be in the Grafton Cup.

Grafton's sole cup contender is equine giant, Concitare.

Trainer Bruce Swan has fitted blinkers to the gelding for the first time in the seven-year-old, 2005 Coffs Harbour Cup winner's career.



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