RACEDAY PRE­VIEW Bossy up­set on cards

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING - MATT JONES GRAFTON TO­DAY

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.”

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