High profile trainer Gai Waterhouse looks likely to have two runners in Thursday's Coffs Harbour Gold Cup.
High profile trainer Gai Waterhouse looks likely to have two runners in Thursday's Coffs Harbour Gold Cup. Bev Lacey

Waterhouse targets Coffs Harbour Gold Cup

LEADING trainer Gai Waterhouse is planning to send two of her four entries to the Coffs Coast for Thursday's $80,000 Carlton Mid Coffs Harbour Cup.

Waterhouse has the Cup topweights Kinnersley and Kontiki Park nominated but has indicated she will target the race with her lighter weighted pair Charing Cross and The Great Snowman.

Waterhouse is yet to win a Coffs Harbour Cup, a race her late father made famous when he won the race twice in the early 1970s with his gun weight-for-age horses Regal Rhythm and Mansingh.

"Charing Cross and The Great Snowman are in good form and the 1600m of the Coffs Harbour Cup is ideal for both of them," Waterhouse said.

"Adam Hyeronimus will definitely be riding one of my runners."

Waterhouse will resolve her Coffs Harbour Cup plans after trackwork this morning with the final acceptances due at 9am.

Weights will be raised if either Kinnersley and Kontiki Park don't accept, leaving the Tony McEvoy-trained Price Of Capers as the topweight.

Hugh Bowman will ride Prince Of Capers, heading an outstanding list of Sydney and Brisbane jockeys booked for rides in the Coffs Harbour Cup.

Kathy O'Hara has joined the list after confirmation that she will be riding the Bede Murray-trained World Wide.

The Murray stable is sending a team of seven horses to Coffs Harbour for the two-day carnival on Wednesday and Thursday.

Newcastle trainer Kris Lees has booked Christian Reith to ride Namsarai and Robert Thompson retains the ride on promising three-year-old Single Spirit for Taree trainer Ross Stitt.

Larry Cassidy (Hour Of Peril), Glen Colless (Pepperwood) and Tim Bell (Wild And Proud) are among the leading riders coming from Brisbane for Cup rides.

Sydney's newly crowned champion apprentice Sam Clipperton is also riding at the carnival for top Coffs Harbour trainer Gordon Yorke.


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