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Coventina ready for rescheduled Cup

The postponement of the Doomben Cup (Gr 1, 2000m) and switch to Eagle Farm this Saturday could well be of huge benefit to New Zealand raider Coventina Bay (Shamexpress). The meeting was initially postponed from Saturday to Doomben tomorrow following Saturday’s abandonment but has once again been pushed back due to the wet weather. Eagle Farm’s meeting this weekend will now see a bumper card and trainer Robbie Patterson feels that his daughter of Shamexpress (O’Reilly) will be much better suited to the conditions on Saturday than she would’ve last weekend. “It has been diabolical the weather over here (in Queensland) with the amount of rain we have had, it has been every day,” Patterson said. “I had her bang on for Saturday, it is probably the best I have had her. It (the abandonment) was probably a blessing in disguise, though, because it would have been a very terrible track to gallop on. It looks like it is fine on Thursday and Friday and it will nearly be a firm track at Eagle Farm.”


Racing royalty combine at Hawera

The Jaimee-Lee Lupton-trained Lostcause (Sweynesse) provided two of Australasia’s most famous racing families with a memorable success in Sunday’s BHL Feeds ‘Copper Weave’ Maiden (1400m) at Hawera, with Lupton sharing the strapping duties with Stevie Payne. The Waverley-based handler is the granddaughter of the late Snow Lupton, who co-owned and trained the 1983 Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) winner Kiwi (Blarney Kiss), while Payne strapped 2015 hero Prince Of Penzance (Pentire), who also propelled Stevie’s sister Michelle to stardom as the first female jockey to win the Cup. “It was lovely to see them on Sunday and have Stevie strapping. He was the golden ticket and brought some luck to the horse,” Lupton said. “Stevie and his dad and his sister Therese came to Hawera to catch up with some relatives and Kevin Myers so it was really nice. I was really thrilled and Stevie helped to saddle her up. He was really keen to help to lead her and he was so chuffed when she won.”


Wordsworth brings up seventh career win

The Margaret Falconer-trained Wordsworth (Makfi) got back to winning form at Te Rapa on Saturday, scoring a seventh success of his career in the Jones Trucking 2100. The five-year-old son of Makfi (Dubawi) had disappointed just a week prior at Hawera when beating just one runner home and Falconer was delighted to see him fulfil her expectations at the weekend. “We took him to Egmont thinking he would go well and for some reason he got a long way back,” Falconer said. “We decided to back-up and that was where we thought he was on Saturday, so we are really pleased to get a result. He is going to have a little break now and then we will have a look at the early spring with him. We might try and tackle some of the Cups races in the spring. He seems to like Te Rapa so the Waikato Cup might be a target with him. He is a big horse and I think this time in he has just had a few immaturity problems, but we think we are going the right way with him now.”