Good deeds for Cup
LODGE The Deeds, the staying find of the Sydney winter, could head to the North Coast this week for the $70,000 Carlton Draught Coffs Harbour Gold Cup.
Kembla Grange trainer Gwenda Markwell told Racing and Sports that she will enter Lodge The Deeds for the Coffs Harbour Cup and make a decision on her plans after she assesses the weights and opposition.
"It's on the agenda but I will wait to look at the entries before we make up our minds," Markwell said.
"I have to decide if I give him another run now or ease back and wait for the the Wyong Cup in September.
"There is a month between the Coffs Harbour Cup and the Wyong Cup and he would need another run in between."
Markwell has advised Ballina-based jockey Scott Seamer of her Coffs Harbour Cup plans.
Seamer has made special trips to Sydney to ride Lodge The Deeds in his last three starts for wins at Randwick and Rosehill twice and will be on board if the gelding starts in the Coffs Cup over 2300m.
The pair completed the hat-trick at Rosehill last Saturday when Lodge The Deeds produced another powerful staying performance to run down the classy Coffs Harbour-trained gelding Legendary Man over 2000m at his first start in open company.
The rising five-year-old had previously won restricted races over 1600m at Randwick and 2000m at Rosehill with his record now standing at five wins from only 13 starts.
"He's a good horse and can win some good races," Markwell said of Lodge The Deeds.
"The Coffs Harbour Cup probably comes at the right time for him but I do have some other options to consider and I didn't want to push him too far at this stage of his career."
If Markwell does make the trip north she will be hoping it will prove third time lucky as she has made two previous unsuccessful attempts to win the Coffs Harbour Cup.
Her first runner, Purple Lover, finished fourth in the early 1990s and she didn't return until 2003 when El Rapido finished fifth.
Lodge The Deeds could face a rematch with Legendary Man in the Coffs Harbour Cup, with leading local trainer Ken Lantry likely to give his talented performer his first test beyond 2000m.
Other early metropolitan nominations for the Coffs Harbour Cup ahead of yesterday's entry deadline include Ausbred King and On The Up.
Ausbred King recently won at Randwick and was third behind Lodge The Deeds and Legendary Man at Rosehill last Saturday while former Sydney stayer On The Up recorded his first Brisbane win at Eagle Farm last Saturday.