Trainer Jim Jarvis (right) kisses jockey Jasen Watkins after their win at the Lismore Cup with Mr Gold Fire.
Trainer Jim Jarvis (right) kisses jockey Jasen Watkins after their win at the Lismore Cup with Mr Gold Fire. The Northern Star

Can Mr Gold Fire bring back cup?

SHOULD Coffs Harbour's most popular racehorse, Mr Gold Fire, finish in the first three placings of today's Carlton Draught Port Macquarie Cup, it will take his career earnings over the $250,000 mark.

It's a handy return on the $4000 purchase price at a Tasmanian yearling sale, for a lightly-raced horse rarely away from bush meetings.

“We believe he'll give a hell of a good sight,” owner-trainer Jim Jarvis said confidently.

“Goldie is jumping out of his skin and has thrived since winning the Lismore Cup.”

Bookmakers have installed the horse an overnight $7 third fancy behind co-favourites, Black Piranha and Delago Star (both at $3) for his third tilt at the race.

Mr Gold Fire finished fifth in the race two years ago behind Group One-winning mare, Vitesse Dane.

“The horse won his maiden at Port and while some horses don't handle the track, he seems to thrive here,” Jarvis said.

“Looking at the weights he's got an advantage on the form line between topweight With A Chance after their meeting at Wyong and while he's coming back 100m in distance, he'll carry the same as he did at Lismore.”

Jarvis is confident the 'third amigo', race jockey Jasen Watkins, can find cover after coming out of barrier eight and the now-famous hot pink colours will be first across the line.

But irrespective of the results, Jarvis is still unsure of a future campaign.

“Yes, it's only his 40th start, so nobody can say we've gone to the well too many times but there aren't many races around here for horses like this one,” he said.

“He does fine when we space his runs – still, he's now a seven-year-old and despite only five runs this time in, it's a long time to be in work and spelling him will be an option.”

Today's $100,000 Port Macquarie Cup (2000m) will jump at 5pm.



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