Ba­teup’s cup destiny

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING -

TO­DAY could be a very spe­cial day in the pro­fes­sional and per­sonal life of trainer Theresa Ba­teup who re­turns to her home town with three horses en­gaged in the cup. Ar­rows Destiny, Ti­taness and Old M Man’s An­gel will be car­ry­ing B Ba­teup’s h hopes.

“I am from Cootamundr­a so it is just one of those races that you like to tick off the bucket list and be able to say that you won,’’ Ba­teup said.

“I was born and bred there and did all my school­ing there and left to move up to Kem­bla to start a new be­gin­ning. I took a run­ner back there in 2012, a lit­tle filly called Left Right Cen­tre. Wi­nona Costin rode it and was only her third win­ner.

“I was ac­tu­ally try­ing to get Ar­rows Destiny into the cup last year but he was first emer­gency so we ended up go­ing to the Bate­mans Bay Cup and he dead-heated to win that.’’

Ba­teup’s best chance of win­ning to­day’s fea­ture would seem­ingly rest with Old Man’s An­gel but she is not rul­ing out the two sta­ble­mates.

“On form, Old Man’s An­gel is (the best chance) but I could make cases for and against all three of them,’’ she said.

“He’s been rac­ing re­ally well but he is still a horse I don’t trust be­cause just when you think you’ve got his mea­sure he comes out and de­cides he’s not play­ing race­horses that day, but his last three runs have been su­per.

“The old boy, Ar­rows Destiny, he is up in grade now and so has just had those cou­ple of fit­ness runs back at Kem­bla so he’ll es­sen­tially be drop­ping back in grade and will ap­pre­ci­ate the step up in dis­tance.

“Ti­taness has just been frus­trat­ing this prep. Her first-up run was su­per then she has been that bit dis­ap­point­ing but she’s prob­a­bly work­ing the best out of the three of them.’’

That said, of the three, a vic­tory in the cup to grey vet­eran Ar­rows Destiny would cap off what is des­tined to be a glo­ri­ous win for Ba­teup.

“My sen­ti­men­tal pick would be Ar­rows Destiny,’’ Ba­teup said. “He has been such a good old warhorse. There is quite a story be­hind him. The lady that saved his life as a foal and owned him passed away just over a year ago.

“The horse him­self nearly died as a foal, he was a rig, he had a bowed ten­don early in his ca­reer and he is just a char­ac­ter of a horse so I’d love to see him do it.’’

Ar­rows Destiny has won six races at six tracks with six dif­fer­ent rid­ers.

To­day, it could be Kayla Nis­bet’s turn to make Ba­teup the big­gest win­ner on grand fi­nal day.

Brodie Loy will ride Old Man’s An­gel at Cootamundr­a to­day for Theresa Ba­teup (inset).

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