Managing owner Garry Penfold and apprentice jockey  Lexi McPherson with The Country Championships candidate Ultimate Dreamer.
Managing owner Garry Penfold and apprentice jockey Lexi McPherson with The Country Championships candidate Ultimate Dreamer. Greg White

Coffs comrades living the Country Championships dream

MASTER trainer Jim Jarvis often boasts of winning a listed race on Caulfield Cup day back in 1996 as among his biggest thrills in racing.

But at around 1.55pm today, a chestnut filly named Ultimate Dreamer could surpass that if she claims victory in the Country Championships Final at Royal Randwick.

"It's an all Coffs Coast bid with the trainer and jockey from Coffs and the owners from Dorrigo," Jarvis said.

"I've done some form lines and reckon we're about the third best pick in the race but luck could send us up or down and make all the difference."

When usual rider Matt McGuren said he couldn't make the 54kg weight, Jarvis took a punt.

"I thought, why not get the best jockey to ever come out of Coffs ... so I rang Zac Purton's manager," he revealed.

"He's now probably the best jockey in the world and jumped at the chance, so now we could be in for our first winner together since 2001."

Dorrigo racing fans Garry Penfold and Lyn Colmer went to the Magic Millions and bought the mare Casino Gal, who was in foal to sire Dreamscape.

"I wanted to breed her to the stallion but saved money when I saw she was in foal and she later gave birth to Ultimate Dreamer," he said.

"We syndicated her with Jim and friends in Dorrigo and that's how we came to be here today."

The filly's bloodlines are impeccable with a double cross with super sire Danehill and the great Sir Tristram in her pedigree.

"There's a lot of class in that breeding and whatever she does now, she'll probably do better in 12 months," Penfold added.

The filly has won four races and placed three times from her eight starts with the only blemish at Taree when she was smashed coming out of the barrier and lost all chance.

She qualified as the Northern Rivers candidate with Profiler when second to that horse at Grafton last month but Jarvis feels he can turn the tables on Stephen Lee's gelding.

"We had the bad draw that day and Profiler came from an inside draw.

"This time we're coming out of gate five with the other bloke in 17 and if luck falls our way ... well, it could be happy days here again."

Betting opened with Ultimate Dreamer rated at $51 chance but she's now at $19 with the good barrier.



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