Casino trainer Shane Randall and his dog Snoopy with Geldof the seven-year-old gelding running in this years  Beef Week Cup on Friday
Casino trainer Shane Randall and his dog Snoopy with Geldof the seven-year-old gelding running in this years Beef Week Cup on Friday Jacklyn Wagner

Casino Cup race is Geldof's final hurdle

GELDOF the gelding went from jumping hurdles to creating them.

The Shane Randall-trained seven-year-old will make his Northern Rivers racing debut in tomorrow's $17,000 Casino RSM Beef Week Cup (1400m).

His last start was a hurdles race in Victoria before he was bought by a local couple and taken to Brisbane where he quickly made a name for himself.

"He came up come from Victoria. I got a hold of it because they couldn't get anyone to ride him. He's a bit of a 'flea'," Randall said.

"Some people from up here (Northern Rivers) purchased him and sent him to Brisbane but couldn't get him work up there.

"He kept throwing jockeys ... they couldn't ride him for track work."

So Randall and his father, Pat, took him out to their horse-breaking and education centre in Casino.

"I ride all my own work," he said.

"He's a bit of a trickster.

"He's been close (to throwing me) a couple of times but he's not worse than most of them that are like him.

"I just stay on him when he is playing up."

Geldof trialled well over 1000m at Grafton two weeks ago and Randall said two wins in New Zealand and a second-place finish at Mooney Valley on a Saturday showed he had the potential to challenge against the top-quality field at Casino.

"He was bought as a country cup horse," Randall said.

"Why not muck around at the top, it's more fun. I just think open handicaps are better races.

"If he can run second at Mooney Valley then he's worth a shot at the cup races.

"His current form is not good but anyhow, let's see if we can turn him around.

"His last start was in a hurdle race in Melbourne.

"He only had two starts (over the jumps) but they'll put anything over the hurdles down there."

His biggest worry is the distance; Geldof's two career wins came in staying races.

"I don't know what his like running over 1400m," Randall said.

"I put him around (at Grafton) just to make sure a jockey could handle him.

"Peter Graham won't have any troubles riding him (on Friday), he's a top jockey.

"We're aiming to run him here first up and then in the Murwillumbah Cup in three starts time."

Randall is the only Casino trainer with a starter in the Cup, and he is bringing his whole stable out for a run on the day.

"I've got five in work and they're all in on Friday. I don't know how many we'll have after Friday," he joked.


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