Jarvis has Port Cup in his sights
HONORARY Coffs Harbour resident and Victorian trainer Jim Jarvis is hoping to end his annual North Coast campaign on a high note when his stable star Mr Gold Fire goes after another feature race win in the $90,000 Carlton Draught Port Macquarie Cup tomorrow.
Jarvis has been spending his winters in the local area since 1992 but has never enjoyed a visit as much as this year with all of the five-horse team from his Cranbourne stable winning races.
Mr Gold Fire has made it a campaign to remember by winning four of his five starts, beginning at the Gold Coast in July and followed in quick time by a sweep of the Coffs Harbour, Taree and Ballina cups.
The title of the 'Cups King' of NSW racing will now go on the line in the Port Macquarie Cup as Mr Gold Fire will take on prolific Taree-trained big race winner Precise Timing in his final start before Jarvis returns to Victoria.
Precise Timing added to his superb record in feature races when he won the Lismore Cup carrying 63.5kg a week ago.
In the past 12 months, the widely-travelled Precise Timing has also won the Toowoomba and Launceston Cups and will be lining up tomorrow in search of a history-making third successive win in the Port Macquarie Cup.
Jarvis regards the Port Macquarie Cup as the toughest race Mr Gold Fire will have faced during his barnstorming campaign, but not because he feels the horse has reached his peak.
"If anything I think he has improved a little bit more since he won the Ballina Cup as he hadn't had a run for a few weeks going into that race," he said.
"The Ballina Cup wasn't on his agenda until we missed a start in the Wyong Cup when that race was washed out by the rain.
"He did it tough at Ballina as he was coming back in distance to 1600m and will be much better suited back up to 2000m in the Port Macquarie Cup. However it will be a strong field, probably the best he has met."
Port Macquarie Race Club received 25 entries for the Port Macquarie with nominations coming from top trainers Graeme Rogerson, Chris Waller, Kris Lees and Frank Cleary. The final acceptors include Cash Carter, Pita Hapa, Auckland Blues, Vitesse Dane, Gilded Youth and local favourite Windon.
Jarvis will take his five-horse team home to Victoria after the Port Macquarie Cup but may keep Mr Gold Fire in work for a crack at the Ballarat and Bendigo Cups if he holds his form.
Jarvis has used Coffs Harbour as the base for all of his NSW sojourns and has signalled his intention to make a permanent move to the north coast in the near future.
"It will take a while to wind my business interests down in Victoria but I will eventually cut the team back and move to Coffs Harbour and run a small stable," Jarvis said.