Mucho planning delivers Ballina Cup to Traecey and Jarvis
EVERGREEN Coffs Harbour jockey Stephen Traecey won his first Ballina Cup in 1999 and made it number two on Friday when he executed a plan mapped out over several days to win on Mucho Caliente.
The mare, trained at Coffs by Jim Jarvis, will now go to the XXXX Gold Lismore Cup on September 25 and will again be ridden by Traecey.
"I won the Ballina cup in 1999 on Maltese Runner but that was back when I was young," Traecey said.
Jarvis said Traecey had ridden the mare perfectly.
"Stephen might be 57 but he has not forgotten how to ride," Jarvis said.
"We sat down and put a lot of time and thought into planning how to ride her after she drew an awkward barrier (13).
"We decided to let her get back early, settle and then for Stephen to see how the race was panning out and to get on the back of something and let it take him into the race.
"I wanted her fourth or fifth approaching the turn and then to challenge and that is exactly how it panned out."
The only slight change of plan came when Traecey found himself in front on the turn.
He shot Mucho Caliente right away in the straight to win by three-and-a-quarter lengths from Reunite (Jim Byrne) with the favourite Get On The Grange (Glen Colless) a further head away third.
This is the second Ballina cup for Jarvis after winning it in 2006 with Mr Gold Fire.
Mr Gold Fire also won Lismore's Centenary Cup for the trainer and wife Kris.
"I seem to have a bit of a thing about these Cups," Jarvis quipped.
"I was really confident about our chances although you never know what horses are going to be brought across the border.
"She was only beaten an eyelash in the Casino Cup by a good horse in Single Spirit."
Single Spirit is the early favourite for Sunday's Dubbo Cup.