Coppock?s return has a gold tinge
IT'S certainly been a long time between drinks for Coffs Harbour trainer Graham Coppock.
Prior to Gold Event's victory on Friday in the Firequip Maiden Handicap over 1215 metres, Coppock hadn't trained a winner at Coffs Harbour for more than six years.
"I gave the game away for about six years and I've been back in for about 18 months and this is the first horse that I've been able to get to the track," Coppock explained.
If the ease of yesterday's three and a quarter length victory over the Gordon Yorke trained Gaelic Lass is any guide, Coppock's managed to get himself a good one.
Even better for the man on his training comeback, he's picked up the well bred four year-old for a bargain.
"My other horses started going lame that I came back into training with so I was looking on the internet at a bloodstock agent and there was this Jeune horse there for $3000," he said.
"I rang the bloke up and said 'What's wrong with the horse?' as I thought he must have only had three legs.
"He'd only had two barrier trials, he hadn't raced and when I rang up, the bloke said that I'd get him for $2500 so I bought him."
Coppock admits to being confused as to how the progeny of a Melbourne Cup winner can show so much promise over the shorter distances but he's not complaining.
The only problem that the trainer has now is what action to take as the next step for the gelding.
"I've been looking at maiden races but I've got to go and look at class ones now so I don't know what's next yet," he joked.
"I wasn't jumping ahead too far. I've been here and done that before, thinking you'll win a race and then get beaten so I've got to look at the form and look at class ones instead of maiden races now."
After a promising fourth on debut at Grafton three weeks ago, jockey Shane Treweek knew the best way to get Gold Event home after a chat with the trainer during the week.
"He ran off last start so we watched his videos and he said he works better if we just let him roll so I just let him run,"
"I didn't try and steer him at all and he ran along good and he ran well."
Coppock's training comeback is now on track but if Gold Event continues to show the kick that he possesses, it's a long way from over.