Bateup’s cup destiny
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).