Jasen Watkins and Mr Gold Fire run down the leader Cold Star (Rachel Mason) in the dying stages of the Cup.
Jasen Watkins and Mr Gold Fire run down the leader Cold Star (Rachel Mason) in the dying stages of the Cup.

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.



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