Publican hopes Kinetics will have him shouting in Cup
MUSWELLBROOK publican and hobby trainer Graham Payne has promised not to change his mind this time and that Kinetics will start in tomorrow's $50,000 Slipway Hotel Ballina Cup (1600m).
A field of 15, including one emergency, was left after acceptances yesterday, headed by the topweight Muhaajir, to be ridden by Brisbane jockey Anthony Pattillo, while Glen Colless will ride the Matt Dunn-trained second topweight Epic Terra.
Last year Payne accepted with Kinetics and said the horse would start but changed his mind at the last minute and started him in the Dubbo Cup two days later, running fifth.
Kinetics is again nominated for this Sunday's Dubbo Cup but Payne insists the horse is coming north.
"Terry Treichel has been driving me mad with phone calls making sure I am taking the horse to Ballina," Payne said.
Treichel has the cup ride.
Payne said Kinetics would be leaving Muswellbrook early tonight.
"I am doing the form for the cup now and when I have finished I will ring Bill Pholi to arrange a box at his stable so the horse can relax and get over the trip before it is time to go to the races," Payne said.
"One or two things happened last year which forced me to change my plans but provided everything goes to plan this time we will be in Ballina.
"I am looking forward to going up and having a look around and catching up with a few people."
Payne, who leases out several hotels in the Upper Hunter and runs the pub at Jerrys Plains, once worked at the Lennox Head hotel.
"I loved the time I spent up there," he said.
Kinetics, which won the Muswellbrook cup two years ago, is in good form, winning over 1400m at Tamworth two starts back then finishing a luckless second behind Mossamine in the Narromine Cup on August 18.
He was forced to race further forward than is his normal pattern, then in the straight apprentice Claire Nutman got her whip tangled in the horse's mane.
The co-feature, the Tursa Employment and Training Newmarket (1000m), has a field of 10 headed by the classy Alltherightmoves, which will be having her first start since May and goes into the race without a trial. Tomorrow's eight-race program will start at 12.53pm, with the cup the last race at 5.10pm.