Time’s right for Jefferson Park in Walcha Cup

Tamworth trainer Craig Martin is eyeing Friday’s $30,000 Walcha Cup (1440m) with Jefferson Park. The four-year-old gelding scored an impressive win second up over 1300m at Armidale on Monday when ridden by Peter Graham, who is likely to have the mount at Walcha. A winner of seven from 15 starts, Jefferson Park had returned this campaign bigger and stronger, said Martin, the brother of Sydney trainer Tim Martin. “It took a while but he’s matured a lot,” Martin added. Jefferson Park was bred and is owned by Jill Nivison. Nivison also bred Jefferson Park’s sire Dream Ballad and his dam, Tacoma. “He’s a pretty special horse to Jill,” Martin said. “I’ve trained a lot of the family. They generally take a bit of time to come to hand.” Graham rode a treble on the day also winning aboard Amber Alert and Yambaah.
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Locally owned and bred Kwilas Law, trained by Luke Griffith, is being readied for his fourth attempt at the $35,000 Quirindi Cup (1600m) on February 21. Kwilas Law, a veteran of 104 starts, didn’t compete last year but contested the event in 2012 and 2011 and ran second in 2010. Akubra Hats will sponsor the cup for the 27th occasion. The major support race is the $25,000 Lightning Hcp (1100m).


Next Sunday the annual Dubbo yearling sale takes place. The sale is noted for producing bargain buys. Two leading sires represented are Mutawaajib and Bon Hoffa. Fourteen of the Dubbo Bon Hoffas are from his home, John North’s Bowness Stud in central western NSW, and seven by Mutawaajib from his base, the prominent Hunter Valley Emirates Park Stud. The Mutawaajibs are progeny of mares by Fasliyev (USA), Danewin, Nashwan (USA), Sir Cat (USA), Dolphin Street (Fr), Galileo (Ire) and Johannesburg (USA). The Bon Hoffa yearlings include progeny of mares by Encosta de Lago (2), Canny Lad, Zeditave, Luskin Star, Fusaichi Pegasus (USA), Falvelon, Bite The Bullet (USA), Lake Coniston (Ire) and King Of Kings (Ire). More than 80 lots are due to go under the hammer.


The Mick Miladinovic-trained Micalong will be out to give the Tumut-based Groves family their second cup win in three starts in Sunday’s $35,000 Bega Cup (1600m). Micalong scored what to the owners was like a Melbourne Cup win in the Tumut Cup (1400m) on January 11. The gelding since finished fifth over 1550m at Canterbury on January 24. Miladinovic has a close relationship with the Groves family, his son Peter engaged to syndicate head Andrew Groves’ daughter, Kate, also a part-owner. Micalong is aiming for the $200,000 Canberra Cup (2000m) on March 9.

TAB meetings: Sunday – Sapphire Coast, Mudgee. Monday – Grafton. Tuesday – Taree. Friday – Canberra, Walcha. Saturday – Cowra.

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