Trainer hopes Phrases can emulate Quadri’s exploits
BINDI Cheers does things a little differently to most trainers but often with great success and she's planning to push the envelope again with Phrases.
Taree-based Cheers, who trains and races her horses in partnership with her husband Peter, will start the consistent Phrases in today's XXXX Gold Lismore Cup (2100m).
Provided he takes no harm from the run, he will back up three days later in the Port Macquarie Cup Prelude (1812m) then go on to the Port Macquarie Cup 12 days later.
Backing up staying horses like this is nothing new to Cheers.
Her most famous exploit came in 2003 with the amazing galloper Quadri.
He ran fourth over 2000 metres at Randwick and the next day backed up to win the Taree Cup, also over 2000 metres, in a driving finish in which he beat Legerdemain by the barest possible margin.
Quadri went on to win two more races after that before being retired.
While Quadri was a big, raw-boned bay, Phrases is a neater, more classic-style of grey but Cheers said he is just as tough and is well up to the company of the Lismore cup.
Four starts back he rattled home when second behind Gazza Guru in the Taree cup then was again flying home when third in the Ballina Cup.
"It won't hurt him to back up after Lismore," Cheers said.
"He has spent most of his time since Ballina in his yard with his rug on.
"He only has 54kgs and it's a weight he has consistently been getting in these cup races yet he keeps winning prize money cheques.
"Hopefully the cheque he wins at Lismore will be the big one."