Local hope ready for tilt at Caloundra Cup
RACING: Sunshine Coast trainer Paul Jenkins hopes durable mare Travistee can give the top picks a run for their money in the Caloundra Cup.
The five-year-old is bound for her third run in as many weeks on Saturday, when she contests the region's most prestigious race.
Jenkins is optimistic she can give the Listed 2400m event a shake.
A $13 chance with Ladbrokes on Friday, she's set to take on a field including the Kris Lees-trained duo of Big Duke and Saunter Boy.
"There's a couple of obvious horses like Big Duke. He is, on form, head and shoulders above the rest,” Jenkins said.
"But he's got a lump of weight to carry (60.5kg) on a heavy track and that can sometimes tell.
"We're fit and we're well so hopefully we can give them a run for their money.”
Travistee's coming off the back of a fifth placing in the Group 3 Tattersall's Cup (3000m) at Eagle Farm, where Big Duke was runner-up.
Jenkins said there was plenty to like about Travistee's preparation.
"(I) like where she is in the handicap. Everything fits into place and the fact she's come through her recent racing so well,” he said.
"I'm thinking she probably should be a better horse this weekend than she was last weekend.
"I've run her three weeks (in succession) which is unusual but she's quite remarkable in that she bounces through her races and they don't seem to take much of a toll on her.
"There's not much of her but a couple of days after a run you wouldn't even know she has had one.”
She claimed two wins in her previous five starts.
Travistee also has a good record at the track and in heavy conditions.
Jockey Tiffani Brooker is set to take the reins, after steering Travistee to victory in the Gatton Cup on June 1 after an 11-month hiatus, which was caused by a back injury.
"She (Brooker) has come a long way in a short time (since resuming),” Jenkins said.
"She's a lot fitter now ... and she should be starting to get her eye back in.
"She's a good natural talent.”