Cool Rules could be a Moree Cup wildcard after emphatic Carinda Cup win

FREE Billy will press ahead with a Moree Cup start despite beating just one horse home at Eagle Farm last start, bush cups king Dungiven is also a likely starter in Moree Race Club’s signature race and Cool Rules could be the wildcard runner after easily winning the 1400m Carinda Cup in track record time on Saturday.

That’s the latest game-plan from trainer Peter Sinclair’s Moree bunker after the stable again had a big weekend across two states.

Cool Rules, a warm 5-2 equal favourite, gave nothing a chance at Carinda.

Ridden by Kody Nestor, Cool Rules stalked early leader Ellie’s Shadow to the home turn before racing away in the straight to score by nearly three-and-a-half lengths from last-start Louth Cup winner Rusty Motorbike (7-2) with Vision Retract (10-1) a half-head away third.

Equal favourite Ellie’s Shadow, a big winner of the Mallawa Cup in June, knocked up to finish fifth, just behind topweight Cuban Lass.

2016 Carinda Cup Meeting, 20th Aug 2016 - Race 5 - 2016 Carinda Cup, 1400M - 1st - Cool Rules, Kody Nestor / Peter Sinclair

Cool Rules makes a one-act affair of the Carinda Cup. Image courtesy of Janian McMillan, Sarsfield Thoroughbreds.

Cool Rules was the third leg of a winning treble for Nestor, who earlier saluted with Lindsey Kennedy’s Lucky Cash and Rodney Robb’s Smokin Snitzel.

Cool Rules stopped the clock 1min 21.41 seconds – creating a new track record – and became the only Carinda Cup winner in recent history to break 1min 22 seconds for the 1400m journey.

“He’s a tough horse and riding him up near the lead is the way he likes to race, especially over the 1400m trip,” Peter Sinclair said.

“He hasn’t got that final sprint but just keeps grinding away at the same speed – he was actually coming away from them at Carinda.

“We’ll nominate him for the Moree Cup; there’s also a benchmark-65 race over 1200m on the cup-day program that would suit him going into the Collarenebri Cup the following Saturday,” Sinclair said.

Over the border at Talwood, recent St George Cup winner Dungiven worked home nicely to finish fifth – beaten just over five lengths – in the 1200m open handicap behind in-form mare Victory Lass.

“They went too quick for him over the 1200m but he got home reasonably well – he was inching to the line the last little bit,” Sinclair said.

“There’s no reason he can’t start in the Moree Cup as well.”


Nathan Sinclair (left) with Cool Rules and part-owner Jimmy Stevens after winning the the 2016 Carinda Cup on Saturday. Image Supplied.

Also at Talwood, Nathan Sinclair’s Gilded Spirit kept the stable flag flying with a narrow win in the 1400m class B handicap.

Ridden by top Tamworth jockey Sophie Young, Gilded Spirit (13-4) came from well back to snatch a short-half-head win from Yours Truthfully (3-1) with Lady Wivenhoe (9-1) a similar margin away third.

“It was a good win – especially with the weight he carried (60kg) – and a bit of a surprise, really,” Nathan Sinclair said.

“We had a race picked out for him at Moree on cup day but the win at Talwood has made him ineligible for that, so we’ll have to look around and find a suitable race.

“I really want to get him up to 1600m and there’s a race over that distance for him at Collarenebri a week after the Moree Cup meeting, but it might be too long between runs for him,” he said.

Meanwhile, stable star Free Billy has recovered from a lacklustre second-last at Eagle Farm two weeks ago and is still on track for a Moree Cup berth on Fathers’ Day.

Free Billy, owned by the Boar Boar syndicate, comprising Bill and Jeanette Bryans, Dean and Kerry Macey and their son Jade, Jimmy Bryans and his partner Carlene Hocking and Jimmy’s daughter, Courtney.

“I think all the travelling might have flattened him at Eagle Farm – he’s not a real good traveler,” Peter Sinclair said.

“But he’s freshened up good. We’ll keep him ticking over for the Moree Cup and see how we go,” he said.

Words: Copyright Bill Poulos 2016

Image: Copyright Sarsfield Thoroughbreds