Gold Cup double dipping
A UNIQUE Sawtell and Coffs Harbour Gold Cup double is on the cards for the Trevor Hardy-trained Save A Buck when he lines up for Coffs Harbour's biggest race tomorrow.
The eight-year-old gelding ran an inspired race to win the Sawtell Cup on July 22, braving wet and muddy conditions to claim victory by the smallest of margins.
While preparing to race on the biggest day of the local racing calendar, Hardy is confident Save A Buck is up for the challenge.
"He is a mature horse and has learnt to deal with the pressure of the big events," Hardy said.
"No matter the situation he always puts in a good run.
"It is going to be a really good field but I think with a bit of luck we will be in with a shot."
With the track still recovering from recent wet weather conditions might play into the gelding's favour.
"We've had plenty of good form on heavy tracks over the years so I am not too worried if the course is a bit wet," the trainer said.
"The Sawtell Cup was a very heavy track and he handled it really well."
With a 30-year career as a horse trainer, Hardy hasn't lost his love for the job.
"It's like a disease. It gets at you and you can't get rid of it," he joked.
"I enjoy it and I like to think if you enjoy what you are doing why retire.
"Cup day is always interesting and with a few wins tomorrow's race meet could be really special."