Stanley targets Beef Week Cup win
CASINO Racing Club’s Beef Week Cup is etched in history – almost three decades worth.
But in the 27 runnings of the race, only three times has a Casino trainer won.
No horse has ever won it twice.
And never has a trainer won back-to-back Beef Week cups.
Today, Casino conditioner Peter Stanley is out to change all that with his talented mare Misswan.
Misswan ran away with the race last year and Stanley has her primed to repeat the dose.
The five-year-old is one of only two acceptors trained on-track, which Stanley regards as a huge advantage.
“It’s not easy to come and win at Casino if the horse hasn’t had much of a look at the track,” Stanley said.
“It is a different track – mostly uphill, so that can bring a few undone if they aren’t used to it.”
Stanley, a four-time Beef Week Cup placegetter as a jockey, may just have his mare tuned to perfection – two starts back she was a clear winner at Ballina before being sent to the Gold Coast on Prime Minister’s Cup Day for a blow.
In a city-class race she finisheda close-up sixth, beaten only two lengths by Terry McCarthy’s promising Lifebuoy.
That would appear good enough form to win this race, but Stanley isn’t so sure.
“Seen Im looks the one to beat, and the top-weight (Testimonial) has a fair record but has been hit hard at the weights (62kg),” he said.
Stanley has enlisted Ballina apprentice Emily Kehoe for the ride today – her claim leaves Misswan to carry just 52.5kg.
Kehoe had been preferred for the ride last year before a mix-up saw her buried in the pack on a beaten horse as Misswan went to the line with Marlon Dolendo aboard.
Kehoe has ridden the mare four times for two wins.
If she can make it three from five today, Misswan will leave her second mark on the record books alongside past Casino gallopers to win the race – God’s Rule for John Vidler in 1998 and Bilgola for Stephen Bennett in 1994.