Trainer Jim Jarvis has a couple of strong winning chances for today's TAB meeting being held at Coffs Harbour Racing Club.
Trainer Jim Jarvis has a couple of strong winning chances for today's TAB meeting being held at Coffs Harbour Racing Club. Rob Wright

Racing off into the Sunset

IT WASN'T by design but Coffs Harbour trainer Jim Jarvis has a great chance to win a race he and wife Kristine sponsor at his home track today.

Handy mare Sunset In Venice lines up in the J & K Jarvis Racing Benchmark 60 Hcp over 1600m.

"If we're lucky enough to win we'll just have to make some arrangements with the club for the presentation,” Jarvis said tongue-in-cheek.

It's a high pressure race for Jarvis as he and Kristine race Sunset In Venice.

"The previous owners put her up for sale when she came up from Melbourne. Kristine liked her so she bought the mare,” Jarvis revealed.

Since transferring from Victoria Sunset In Venice has won two races from nine starts for the happy Coffs Harbour couple including a last start barnstorming 2.3 length win in a 1309m Benchmark 55 Hcp at Coffs Harbour on August 11.

It will be a case of deja vu this afternoon with Sunset In Venice racing at the same track on a heavy surface similar to her previous win with the same jockey, Matthew McGuren. Jarvis has been pleased with the seven-year-old mare's progress since her last start win.

"She's done enormous,” Jarvis enthused.

"Win, lose or draw she comes home, eats up and does well in between runs.

"Yes, she's up in grade but If the race is run similar to last start she's a good chance again. She's a big strong mare who is going to make an ideal broodmare when she finishes racing.”

The one downside for Jarvis is the mare's weight, an increase of 2.5 kg to 59kg on what she carried last start despite going up in grade, however, stepping up to 1600m is a plus.

"I believe that's her pet distance,” Jarvis added.



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