Barrier draw ideal for Jarvis
COFFS Harbour trainer Jim Jarvis hopes to kick off his Grafton July Racing Carnival assault today with strong performances in the opening two feature events.
Jarvis will saddle up Passed In Twice in the $15,000 John Carlton Cup (1200m) and veteran Mr Gold Fire in the Westlawn Finance Grafton Cup Prelude (2108m).
Stable jockey John Keating will partner Mr Gold Fire while Chris Whitely will hop aboard Passed In Twice.
Passed In Twice, a five-year-old by Dash For Cash, is rated in the “top three chances” by Jarvis.
The mare has drawn ideally in barrier two.
“The topweight (Ollie Vollie) looks well placed in a race of this type and Innocenttassie will be hard to beat,” Jarvis said.
“My mare though has drawn well and warrants a start.
“She won well at Quirindi and Coffs Harbour then got back last start at Murwillumbah and rattled home.
“At her best she’s more than handy. I think she’ll race a little closer.”
Passed In Twice was a last start 2.6 lengths fifth to Easy Play over 1200m at Murwillumbah on June 27 and like many horses that day, was unsuited by the slow ground.
While yet to win over 1200m distance, Jarvis has the mare in ideal condition for today’s mission.
Innocenttassie will carry blinkers and a tongue tie for the first time today with trainer John Shelton attempting to change the gelding’s mind around.
Topweight Ollie Vollie, from the Sue Grills yard, will be ridden by stable 3kg claiming apprentice Sarah Curtis and will progress to the $130,000 WHK Ramornie, while Innocenttassie, regardless of his performance will skip the July 14 race to chase back-to-back wins in the $25,000 Maclean Cup (1400m) on July 18.
Jarvis said if Passed In Twice won the John Carlton the mare would be nominated for the Ramornie but is considered an unlikely starter.
Mr Gold Fire, a multiple cups winner, backs up after his disappointing seventh to Rebounded in the Murwillumbah Cup (2000m).
“He’s pulled up great after Murwillumbah," Jarvis said.
"You can‘t sit and wait at Murwillumbah like what happened and I would forget the run.
“It’s not overly strong tomorrow and despite given his age (eight-year-old), the old bloke isn’t without a good chance.
“He’s pleased me coping with his normal workload.”
Jarvis said unless the track was wet for the $150,000 Elders Grafton Cup (July 15), Mr Gold Fire would miss the race and start in a 2100m restricted event on July 14.
The Fred Cowell-trained recent Canterbury winner So Finer ($7) looks the testing material in the Prelude with Civita, trained by Gordon Yorke heading early markets at $4.50. Mr Gold Fire is at $5.