After a stellar Port Macquarie Cup Carnival in October, racing returns to the popular mid coast circuit on Thursday, November 15, with Prince Mayted poised to strike in the feature sprint on the program.
A quality field has been drawn in the Schweppes Showcase Handicap over 1200 metres with the Colt Prosser trained galloper, Prince Mayted, deserving his place as one of the major chances.
Following a strong third first up from a spell behind Oxford Poet in the Port Macquarie Sprint, the May’haab gelding travelled to Coonabarrabran during their recent carnival and was beaten only a neck behind Professor Marx.
On the strength of the gelding’s last start placing at Canterbury a fortnight ago in a Benchmark 70, Prince Mayted should provide the testing material in the main race on the program.
Promising young apprentice, Chloe Baker has been engaged for the ride and the advantage of her 2kg claim will alleviate the weight impost.
The dangers look to be the Wyong trained gallopers, Epic Dan and I’m Danny, who travel up the highway with strong credentials for a race of this nature.
Epic Dan’s second behind Hammoon Boy in the Jungle Juice Cup at Cessnock was full of merit and was followed up with a good effort at Canterbury in the race taken out by Mio Destino.
On the other hand, I’m Danny won an open handicap at Port recently before travelling to Tamworth when beaten 2 ½ lengths behind Don Pellegrino in a Benchmark 69.
With the aid of Olivia Pickering, who is riding with great confidence after scoring a double at Coffs Harbour on Melbourne Cup day, the veteran gelding looks to have a significant chance.
In other races, Spinning Gold from the Damien Lane stable looks to be hard to beat in the Benchmark 65 following a comprehensive victory over Sculptures at Newcastle recently, while Commandatore will be the standout in the Class 2 Handicap.
Following recent metropolitan success and impeccable riding performances, Allan Denham has engaged evergreen jockey, Robert Thompson to pilot the last start Muswellbrook winner, Commandatore.