Get On The Grange has to clear jump before Lismore Cup
A JUMP out at Port Macquarie this morning will help trainer Neil Godbolt decide whether to start Get On The Grange in Thursday's XXXX Gold Lismore Cup (2100m).
"He has missed the jump at his last two starts and I don't know why," Godbolt said.
"If he gets away cleanly out of the barriers he will go to Lismore otherwise he will be going for some re-educating.
"I am not going to drive for five hours to Lismore to have him miss the start again and throw away all chance of winning the cup.
"He missed the kick by at least three lengths in the Wyong cup and by even further at Newcastle last Saturday.
"He has got something into his head."
Get On The Grange ran seventh in the Wyong cup, beaten less than three lengths and that run was a good pointer to Lismore considering he goes up only half a kilogram to 54.5kgs.
He ran sixth over 1600 metres at Newcastle last Saturday with 58.5kgs and was beaten four lengths and Godbolt estimated he lost that much ground at the start.
Godbolt has not had a runner in the Lismore cup since Meeting won it in 1985.
"The best horse I have ever trained, by a long shot," Godbolt said.
The Lismore track was rated a heavy 9 yesterday but a fine day had the track drying out.
"If the weather stays like this the track will continue to dry out and we will see quite a significant upgrade," Lismore Turf Club's secretary-manager, Scott Jones, said.
The release of weights yesterday has started to sort out the cup field.
The top weight, Keep Cool, was given 61kgs and will not be starting but will go to Doomben on Saturday instead.
"I think he is a bit too harshly handicapped," trainer, Michael Lakey, said.
"If he had got 60kgs we might have made the trip.
"When this horse first came to me I thought, you beauty, he will make a nice Lismore Cup horse.
"I always enjoy the carnival down there.
"I even had Michael Cahill booked to ride him but he has a lot less weight at Doomben for far more prize money."
Pop 'N' Scotch will also miss the cup after being given 58kgs.