Top Sydney stable primed for raid on Queensland Cup
RACING: Sydney's leading trainer Chris Waller will launch a two-pronged assault on the Queensland Cup at Corbould Park and there are high expectations.
Soviet Courage and Richard of Yorke are primed for the $150,000 Listed race (3200m) on Saturday.
"They're proper stayers," stable racing manager Charlie Duckworth said.
"They stay all day so if they can roll along a bit, which they (runners) usually do in Queensland, then I think we'd be pretty disappointed almost if they weren't both in the first three.
"Both of them have got potential to win."
They're in peak condition.
"These (longer) races don't come around very often for these horses so it's important we have them cherry ripe for them," Duckworth said.
"Soviet Courage would appreciate it if it was a bit wetter but two miles is his alley."
"He's drawn well (barrier three of 16) and he's got a good jockey on board in Jim Byrne.
"Glyn Scofield gets the best out of Soviet Courage...but I'm sure Jim will do just fine."
Meanwhile, Richard of Yorke has settled in well at Caloundra venue, ahead of the race.
"Hopefully he can go one better than his previous attempt over two miles," Duckworth said.
The four-year-old gelding finished half-a-length behind Plot Twist at Randwick a month ago and is set to have Larry Cassidy aboard.
Both runners are amid the pre-race favourites.
"The stronger the tempo the better they will be," Duckworth said.
"They just need to get out and get galloping and then they will run hard to the line."
Local hopes are with trainers Stuart Kendrick and David Vandyke.
Kendrick is the region's leading trainer and he has long-shot Kobi Creek, which will be steered by rising Sunshine Coast-based jockey Tiffani Brooker.
Vandyke boasts top weight Emerald City, which will be guided by Tegan Harrison.
The day's action includes a nine-race card, with prize money of $60,000 for the other events.
The track was rated a soft 7 on Friday.