RACEDAY PREVIEW Bossy upset on cards
BALLINA trainer Steven Phelps believes My Cousin Bossy is going well enough to cause an upset and beat Fabry in the Bushgrove Cup (1206m).
Neil Godbolt’s runner is set to start favourite in the race after showing good form in higher grades of late but My Cousin Bossy is coming off a sensational run on the Gold Coast when fourth to Slydini.
Phelps said a repeat of that effort would make his Street Boss five-year-old a formidable opponent.
“Fabry is the biggest danger, no doubt,’’ Phelps said.
“He can be beaten, though.
“I was happy with the run at the Gold Coast. It was a terrific run after drawing the outside alley. We dropped him out and he had to come right around them to let down so it was a damn good effort.
“This trip is his go. I made a mistake putting him in the Country Championships. It was the wrong race for him but he’s back to his right distance now.”
Matthew McGuren teams up with My Cousin Bossy again, who is owned by George and Shirley Austin.
They have had a long association with Phelps, who has nine of their horses at the moment and all their names start with ‘My Cousin’.
“They’ve been with me for eight years now and we’ve been able to win a few races together,” Phelps said.
“My Cousin Bossy is back to his best after a throat operation. He doesn’t make any noise now and is quite good these days.
“He’s going very well and I targeted this race and I am happy Matty got on him because he suits him.
“He’s won most of his races on him and I won’t give him any instructions because he’ll know what to do when they jump.”
My Cousin Bossy has a terrific record at Grafton which is what is giving Phelps a confidence booster.
“A few of my horses go well there and don’t race well at home,’’ he said. “I think they just like the bigger Grafton track and getting away for a bit.”
General Nelson is another who loves Grafton and he lines up for Phelps in the Class 3 Handicap (1206m) and will take plenty of fitness benefit from a seventh placing last start.
Phelps said he really needed that run.
“This is his best track, too,” he said.
“I was going to spell him when he pulled up sore after a race but I spent a bit of time with him and got him right.
“He raced well at Grafton and galloped very well the other day. He’ll improve a lot this time.”
Kanichiro Fuji takes the ride and the jockey has been impressing trainers in northern NSW.
“I’ve put him on so he can get under him a bit and lift him,” Phelps said.
“He’s never ridden for me before but I’ve watched him ride a few times and he can ride. He’s pretty good.
“My Cousin Bossy is my best of the day.”