Lantry back at 'home' track with another Coffs Cup in sight
TRAINER Ken Lantry hopes to return to his old stomping ground at Coffs Harbour in winning mode with Got Unders in Sunday's $20,000 Aylward Auctioneers & Valuers Sawtell Cup (1515m).
Lantry trained out of Coffs for many years before moving to back to his home town of Newcastle, not long after winning the 2009 Coffs Harbour Gold Cup with crowd favourite Legendary Man.
"It would be lovely to come back to Coffs and win a cup race," the experienced horseman suggested.
"The Sawtell Cup does look a nice race for him but winning any race isn't easy these days.
"The horse is going pretty good at the moment.
"If he comes through Sunday and runs a decent race well we'll look at the Coffs Cup."
The $85,000 Coffs Harbour Gold Cup (1600m) is staged on August 6 and the Sawtell Cup is the traditional lead up.
Got Unders has been with Lantry since 2013 after being prepared earlier in his career by Paul Smith.
He is raced by the Hopkins family from Coffs Harbour.
Jay Hopkins, son of managing part-owner Joe Hopkins, is Lantry's stable foreman.
Got Unders, by Southern Image, was initially got by Lantry to be sold to Hong Kong.
Unfortunately, the gelding had 12 months away from racing due to a suspensory problem and didn't pass the vet test.
The five-year-old gelding had his first start for Lantry in September last year and has won two races under his care.
Got Unders has been in good form recently recording a half-length win in a 1500m Benchmark 60 event at Newcastle on June 13 then an excellent close third to Astronomos and Brilliant Meteor in a 1600m Benchmark 70 handicap at Warwick Farm on July 1.
"It was a very good run at Warwick Farm," Lantry said.
"It was in a hot field and the winner came out and subsequently won a Saturday metropolitan race and the runner up has since finished in the placings at the same track.
"That's a pretty good form line.
"Got Unders is a horse that jumps and runs.
"And he's strong and fights on good.
"He's a good horse to do anything with and does what he's got to do on the track.
"I'm happy with him."
Apprentice Rachael King, who won on Got Unders at Newcastle, takes the mount with her 2kg claim reducing the gelding's weight to a luxury 52.5kg.