Princely bid to defend Cup title
DUBBO trainer Darren Hyde is itching to get to the races on Sunday with Cardiff Prince as he looks to defend his title in the $25,000 Bathurst Cup (1800m).
The six-year-old has been placed at the Gilgandra Cup, Cowra Cup and the Australia Day Handicap at Parkes this preparation, but Hyde has only had eyes on the big race at Bathurst.
“His past three runs have been great even though he wasn’t suited in those races. He was just winding up at Cowra and Parkes and he’s screaming out for the 1800m now,” Hyde said.
“I pencilled in this race for him a long time ago and I’ve aimed him for this.”
Hyde said he would welcome any rain in the lead-up to race day at a track where Cardiff Prince has a perfect two-from-two record.
Those supporting Cardiff Prince will be buoyed by the fact that Hyde feels he’s up for an even bigger test later in his campaign.
“He’ll head to a midweek race in the city after this and he’s performed well in metropolitan grade before,” Hyde said.
Jockey Mathew Cahill has ridden the horse to six of his eight career wins and knows exactly what he’ll do when the gates open.
Ray and Brendan Markey have again been generous in providing fully mounted saddles to the value of $650 for the winning riders of the other two feature races of the day, the Bill Aspros Cup and Hugh Bowman Cup.