Mal­liff trains his eye on Cup

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MA­REEBA’S Alex Mal­liff has claimed a Ma­reeba Cup as an owner and be­lieves Rams­den Street is the horse that can earn him a maiden Cup at the track as a trainer.

With the Cairns Cup and Cairns Am­a­teurs car­ni­vals fin­ished, rac­ing in North Queens­land heads to the Ma­reeba Turf Club to­day for the Ma­reeba An­nu­als, con­sist­ing of the $10,000 Cup and the $8500 Ma­reeba Bracelet.

Bo Rossa, trained by Glen Baker, lifted the Ma­reeba Cup in 2016 and 2014 with Mal­liff, among a hand­ful of oth­ers, very happy con­nec­tions.

Former Vic­to­rian Rams­den Street will be Mal­liff’s hope to­day to make it three Cups, his first as a trainer, in the Bench­mark 65 Hand­i­cap.

“I am look­ing for­ward to hav­ing a crack at it as a trainer this year,” Mal­liff said.

The seven-year-old is trained on track at Ma­reeba and Mal­liff ex­pects that to be a huge ad­van­tage this af­ter­noon over 2000m.

The geld­ing has been beaten by some handy horses of late, Arms Race, Bi­nary and How Can I Help, and gets his chance to break through to­day.

“He has been a real work in progress, he was go­ing real or­di­nary when we first got him,” Mal­liff said.

“We have done a lot of al­ter­na­tive train­ing with him, show jump­ing, swim­ming and walker, stuff like that and he has started to come good. Two of his last three runs have been out­stand­ing, his run at Townsville last start was enor­mous.

“He stormed home that time and back on the home track this time, that should make him a two lengths bet­ter horse.

“He should be right in the fin­ish.”

Townsville hoop Jef­frey Felix rode Rams­den Street last start at Clu­den Park, where he ran fourth over 2000m, and re­tains the ride this af­ter­noon.

The Stephen Mass­ing­ham-trained Jimmy Hoffa claimed sec­ond in the Ma­reeba Cup in 2017 and is back to­day and looks well placed af­ter fin­ish­ing sec­ond in his last two starts.

Jor­dan, trained by Stephen Potiris, won the 2017 Cup on Box­ing Day last year.

Mean­while, hoops Ryan Wig­gins and Les Tilley both rode dou­bles at Rock­hamp­ton Jockey Club on Thurs­day af­ter­noon.

RID­ING TO­DAY: Jef­frey Felix.

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