Trainer expects new charge to shine

TALENTED sprinter Our Corey makes his debut for the Peter Roach stable in the Commercial Hotel Ulmarra & Patrons ‘Chip-In’ Cup (1000m) at Grafton today.

Previously under the care of Paul Perry at Newcastle, the gelding has been with Coffs Harbour-based Roach for several months.

Our Corey, with seven wins, eight placing’s and just shy of $100,000 prize money from 31 starts, will be ridden by Wayne Wheatley.

Owned by Dean Wilton, the six-year-old Magic Albert gelding has pleased Roach since his arrival.

“Dean rang up and asked me if I wanted to train him,” Roach said.

“He’s a nice horse.

“I’m still feeling my way with him. This should tell us a lot.”

Roach hasn’t trialled Our Corey but the gelding’s past record – a win and three placing’s from six first-up attempts – suggests he can be effective fresh. A metropolitan and multiple provincial winner, Our Corey has raced in much better company than he faces today.

The gelding hasn’t started since finishing down the track behind Mumslad in an 1100m event at Canterbury on October 27.

Three starts back at Warwick Farm on September 19, Our Corey finished fifth to the Rick Worthington-trained Whitefriars, who scored a brilliant win defeating the likes of Typhoon Tracey in a Group Two event at Moonee Valley on January 28.

“Our Corey is not a real big horse but solid,” Roach said.

“I’ve been happy with him. I just hope he goes good on Saturday.”

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