Muhaajir a perfect Ballina Cup horse
TWENTY-ONE horses have been nominated for Friday's $50,000 Slipway Hotel Ballina Cup (1600m), with the list headed by the Moonee Valley winner Muhaajir.
The five-year-old was previously owned by Emirates Park and trained by Team Hawkes, but was recently bought by a syndicate of local and Sydney business people and is now trained at Ballina by John Hubbard.
"I had been looking for a while for a cup horse and also a horse that could win in Brisbane and Trevor Lobb from Emirates Park had been searching for me," Hubbard said.
"I have bought a few horses from Trevor over the years and had a fair bit of success with them.
"It took a fair bit of negotiating, but we finally got the horse and he arrived up here on Tuesday last week.
"He will start in the cup provided he does not get too much weight, and hopefully a couple of the Brisbane horses that have been nominated will be rated the equal or better than him."
Muhaajir shapes as a perfect Ballina Cup horse.
He is by the VRC Australian Guineas winner Al Maher and has wins over 1600m, at Moonee Valley and Bendigo earlier this year to his credit.
The other interesting nomination is the Muswellbrook trained Kinetics, winner of the Muswellbrook Cup two years ago.
Owner-trainer Graham Payne accepted with the horse in last year's Ballina Cup and had planned to make the trip but changed his mind at the last minute and started the horse in the Dubbo Cup in which he finished fifth.
It could be a similar story this year as Kinetics is also nominated for Rosehill on Saturday. Acceptances and race times will be finalised later this week.