Lo­cal sta­ble reck­ons it’s ready Cor­nish and Gaskin are good to go with young crop of horses

The Riverine Herald - - RIVERINE HERALD - By An­drew Johnston

THE START of the sea­son has been an odd one for the Cor­nish Gaskin sta­ble.

An ap­pealed sus­pen­sion and a young crop of horses has meant that suc­cess was tak­ing time.

Though the train­ing part­ners al­ways knew that they would have to be very pa­tient.

As they en­ter Novem­ber, it seems like they are start­ing to get some­where. ‘‘We’ve been work­ing hard with our run­ners,’’ Michael Cor­nish said.

‘‘We knew it was go­ing to take time for these young ones to start to see some suc­cess, and we be­gan to have some in Oc­to­ber.

‘‘A lot of sec­onds came our way in the month be­fore we broke through for a win, and for­tu­nately we were able to get a win­ner re­cently which has us feel­ing pretty good about our form.’’

Cor­nish put down re­cent suc­cess to the qual­ity of peo­ple that the team have sur­round­ing them.

‘‘It has been tough at times across the past few months,’’ he said.

‘‘But we have the right pro­cesses and the right peo­ple in place to look af­ter us.

‘‘Our train­ing has been solid, we’ve had no is­sues in get­ting horses on the track and get­ting run­ners.’’

A stay of sus­pen­sion for in­ject­ing a horse within 24 hours of a race was given in Au­gust, and with Cor­nish and Gaskin mount­ing their case against the charges, which they deny, the pair have con­tin­ued to train, and have pro­vided home track suc­cess at the most re­cent meet­ing with Canned Heat.

Now, they turn their at­ten­tions to Tues­day’s Cup Day rac­ing.

With five horses nom­i­nated across six races, it is un­clear how many run­ners the team will have on the day.

But Cor­nish be­lieved there were a few to keep your eye on.

‘‘Left Jay­bee Out is one we think we will have some suc­cess with,’’ he said.

‘‘It will have Mikaela Clar­idge on board, and we think she has some strong form and will be hard to beat when she has her best run.

‘‘There is also My­word­saidthe­bird who is al­ways a strong com­peti­tor, and we also ex­pect a lot from I’m The Boss.’’

Re­cent suc­cess at Echuca bodes well for the Cor­nish Gaskin horses.

And there will be many lo­cal rac­ing fans look­ing to see even more lo­cal suc­cess on race day.

Luke Hemer

STRAIGHT FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH: Echuca trainer Michael Cor­nish said he and Donna Gaskin have put to­gether a strong young team of horses along­side some of their more es­tab­lished run­ners and are ex­pect­ing some suc­cess at Echuca on cup day next week. Photo:

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