Agostino Final Taylors-made for Bernie
THE Carnival of Cups moves to Cowra today for a huge Mother’s Day meeting.
While the feature event is the $12,000 Cowra Cup the most exciting race looks to be the $10,000 Sam Agostino Final.
There were four keenly contested heats at a non TAB meeting last week and all the winners have a strong chance of taking out the race, restricted to C0 - C1 pacers.
Smooth Sailor and Ima Beauty led for comfortable victories, Bradness Eldefuego scored a big win after racing wide final lap and Moon Over Manhattan raced three-wide with a trail to qualify.
All four are very smart types for their grade, however, it was the defeat of Taylors Reason that stamped her as the pick for the final.
This 3yo filly from the Bernie Hewitt stable was responsible for a “Pure Steel” performance to finish a close second to Moon Over Manhattan.
Taylors Reason endured a torrid run parked three-wide outside the leaders before finally crossing with 600m remaining.
From that point she showed tremendous courage to lead until the last few strides with the winner following her all the way.
Her back row draw in the final could prove to be a blessing with the four heat winners all starting from the front and likely to battle for the lead.
Once they settle Hewitt can pick his time to launch with the daughter of NSW Derby winner For A Reason.
The biggest danger will be the improving 3yo Bradness Eldefuego who scored with plenty of authority and is getting better with each run.
This big, long striding pacer has loads of potential and is from the yard of Steve Turnbull, who will also play a big hand in the Cowra Cup with Power Of Red.
Power Of Red is best when able to dictate in front and from barrier one today he gets that opportunity to bounce back into the winners‘ circle.
The 4yo raced through the grades with five straight wins, many of them from the vanguard position, but has been winless in six starts since.
That can be put down to his bad draws and strong opposition as his efforts from behind have been solid.
At his last outing he chased a quality horse home in The Golden Cross in 1:57.4 for 2125m around Penrith.
There was plenty of merit in that performance as he worked early to be parked midrace outside the leader and winner.
Two heats of the Club Menangle Country series will also be staged with A Life Under Fire set to score an all-the-way win in the C3-C4 class while Peggyville should go very close in the C1 class.