STAR of Legs is a horse with history. It’s owners ancestors, the Wauch’s, founded Wauchope meaning a win in this weekend’s $32,000 Wauchope RSL Club Wauchope Cup at Port Macquarie Racecourse on Sunday would be extra special.
Port Macquarie trainer Tas Morton has a handle on the seven year old gelding, who has won seven races and over $130,000 in prize money.
Star of Legs was not afforded much hope of being in the Wingham Cup finish after missing the start by three lengths, however Morton is confident of a strong showing on Sunday.
“I’m expecting a much better performance from him this weekend,” he said.
“I’ve won about five races with him and he’s getting over a mile nicely now.”
Port Macquarie Cup and Prelude winner Sofin will return to the scene of her glory at the Wauchope Cup.
Bowraville trainer Shannon Fry has the six-year- old mare working well to add to her four wins at the track from nine starts at Wauchope Jockey Club’s eight-race TAB meeting.
She has not raced since a fifth at Rosehill on March 18 but has won fresh in the past.
A win on Sunday will give her automatic entry to the $50,000 South Grafton Cup over 1600 metres at Grafton on July 9, a race in which she was second last year.
Sofin the start before was beaten just under a half-length by Newcastle’s Parraay in the Wauchope Cup at the first meeting at the $3.7 million reconstructed Port Macquarie track.
She has to carry more weight this time after having such a wonderful campaign which won her about $150,000 of her nearly $272,000 prize money.
Wyong four-year- old gelding Mr McBat, trained by Damien Lane, only has to handle the heavy conditions to be a top chance following his easy win in the Wingham Cup at Taree on June 2.
Port trainer Marc Quinn believes the wet track and distance suits admirably for his six year-old gelding, Explosive Scene, which won at the track six starts back.
Quinn and his apprentice jockey, now leading Sydney apprentice Andrew Adkins, won the Wauchope Cup with Storm Ahead three years ago.