Jim?s golden touch
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
THE back page of yesterday's Coffs Coast Advocate had a story on Cranbourne trainer Jim Jarvis and the winner of yesterday's Carlton Draught Gold Cup winner Mr Gold Fire saying that it's great when a plan comes together.
As Jarvis and the connections of Mr Gold Fire partied on into the night celebrating their win, surely the trainer derived some extra satisfaction from a scheme that was devised four years ago.
"I bought him from Tasmania with a view to this race because he could stay and handle a wet track," a jubilant trainer explained.
"I'd been up here and every second year at Coffs you get a heavy track. I went over to Tassie and bought this horse as a yearling especially to run in the Gold Cup."
Jarvis was unable to contain his excitement as Jasen Watkins returned the victorious five-year-old gelding to the winner's circle.
"I won a race on Caulfield Cup day with a horse that won the Mercedes Benz many years ago and I thought that was a thrill," he recalled.
"It's nothing like winning here though, I've been wanting to win this race for about five years."
Mr Gold Fire was picked up for the bargain basement price of only $3000 and the Victorian trainer who calls Coffs Harbour his second home admitted that he had some pre-race concerns about the higher priced entrants in the race like Gai Waterhouse's Havana Wind.
"They're always a worry but I maintain that it's not rocket science training horses," he said.
"This horse we only paid $3000 for him as a yearling and Gai's horse today they probably paid near $100,000.
"So this sort of thing is the dream where a small guy can still survive in a very, very tough industry."
The times aren't so tough when a plan is carried out with military like precision.