Shelton chases Coffs Cup jackpot with Cash Spinner
RACING: While his charge Cash Spinner might start the Coffs Harbour Gold Cup as a $13 outsider, Grafton trainer John Shelton is quietly confident the experienced mare can pull out more than a few surprises.
Coming to the end of a varied preparation including back-to-back wins near the mile just over a month ago, the Kempsey Cup winner still has a few tricks up her sleeve according to the veteran trainer.
She will be among tough company over the 1600m stretch of the Coffs Harbour track including recent Muswellbrook Cup winner Dylan's Rojo (Mitch Bell, $7) and Port Macquarie Cup winner Sofin (Ben Looker, $8).
But while the two race heavyweights have drawn next to each other in the car park, Shelton's chance will have the run of the race out of Barrier 2 and the trainer knows that could be her biggest windfall.
"From the good barrier I expect to run about sixth for the journey about one in off the rail," he said.
"She will be well placed when they turn for home she will just go to west putting the fast pedal down."
It will be a racing style that will suit the mare as she carries next to nothing into the contest thanks to a friendly 55.5kg weighting.
Shelton said the always trying mare will be looking to give back to her Taree owner Gary Rollings who will be bringing a small army from his Exchange Hotel to cheer on the mare.
"She has had a pretty good preparation and I think she is ready for this race," he said.
"She has won at Coffs Harbour a couple of times, including over the mile, so she knows what it takes to get around the track. She is such an honest little thing, she always gives her best and I expect this will be no different."
With the services of regular rider Ben Looker unavailable - as he silks up on board Sofin - Shelton has looked toward experience in the form of Grafton Cup winner "Pistol" Pete Graham.
"She ticks all the boxes for this race including a good rider," Shelton said.
"Pete won the Grafton Cup this year so he knows how to win in Open company."
Shelton will also have the mare's full sister in Spinning Quarters first up from a spell in the Benchmark 59 Handicap (1000m) with local hoop Matt Paget on board.
The Gold Cup meeting is one of Racing NSW's new Country Showcase meetings with each race carrying an increase in prize money at a $30,000 minimum.
Glenugie trainer Vanessa McLennan will have Curley Mac in the Daniel Baker Sprint feature.