Princely bid to de­fend Cup ti­tle

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - SPORT -

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.

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