Mr Gold Fire back on track at Ballina
MR GOLD FIRE, the winner of the 2006 Ballina Cup and this year's Lismore Cup, will resume from a short break in the First National Open (1600m) at the Ballina Jockey Club's matinee meeting tomorrow as trainer Jim Jarvis prepares to chase more feature race wins with the horse.
Mr Gold Fire will go to Doomben next Saturday for the $50,000 Chief De Beers Handicap (2200m) then Jarvis will take the horse south for the $200,000 Canberra Cup (2000m) on November 30.
“He needs a bit of a tune-up and the Ballina race fits in perfectly,” Jarvis said.
“He should win but it is certainly not a foregone conclusion.
“John Shelton's horse, Innocenttassie, gets a lot of weight relief from my horse and will be hard to beat.”
The meeting tomorrow, the first matinee meeting on the Northern Rivers this season, starts at 10.50am with the Open Handicap the last race at 3.26pm.
Mr Gold Fire has been given 62.5kg but Coffs Harbour apprentice Melinda Kinny, who claims 3kg, goes on to the horse to give him significant weight relief.
“Melinda has been getting up at 4.30 every morning to ride him at trackwork and deserves the chance to enjoy some success on him,” Jarvis said.
The horse's regular rider, Jasen Watkins, left Coffs Harbour recently to base himself at Ballina but is still in the mix to ride the horse in Brisbane and Canberra.
“It will depend on what weight the horse gets in those two races,” Jarvis said.
After winning the Lismore Cup Mr Gold Fire ran fifth to Delago Storm in the Port Macquarie Cup after getting a long way back early.
That was on October 10 and the horse has had a freshen up since.
“I just kept him ticking over and the Ballina run should have him back at his top for Brisbane and Canberra,” Jarvis said.
“Then he can go home to Victoria for a spell.”
Mr Gold Fire is one of three horses Jarvis will start tomorrow.
He has also accepted with French Franc in the Rock Solid Concreting Class One (1000m) and Jagoe Road in the Sly Brothers Rating 67 (1900m).
Both horses will be ridden by apprentice Matthew Chadwick.