Casey Hoping For Northam Cup Glory


Trainer Sean Casey says Gloryland will be in peak condition to bid for victory in the $125,000 Listed Northam Cup (1600m) on Sunday after a short freshen-up.

Gloryland hasn’t raced since running consecutive placings in the Coolgardie Cup (1760m),  Boulder Cup (2100m) and Kalgoorlie Cup (2300m) three weeks ago.

It followed a winter campaign in northern Western Australian when he won the Kimberley Cup (2020) and ran second in the Broome Cup (2200m) in August.

Casey believes the Northam Cup is a winnable race for his consistent galloper.

“He has trained on well and has pulled up really well since the cup (Kalgoorlie),” Casey told Tabradio.

“He is just evergreen and it’s a beautiful race for him, they are all the same sort of horses.

“You could make a case for nearly the whole field.

“He will give you a good sight and bowl along.

“I hope he can win, but it’s a real even field.”

Top apprentice Tayla Stone has been booked to ride Gloryland, replacing regular hoop, Simone Altieri, who is on holidays.

Gloryland, the natural frontrunner in the race, carries 54kg and in a field on nine starters, has drawn barrier three.

The son of Good Journey is rated a $9 chance with Tabtouch, one of six runners in single figure odds.

Achernar Star is the $3 market leader, Missile Launch is $4.20, Pushin’ Shapes and Royal Star are $5 with Prize Catch a $6.50 chance.

Trainer Lindsey Smith hopes a plan hatched six months ago pays off for Prize Catch.

A winner of two Belmont races in September, Prize Catch ran eighth to Achernar Star when resuming at Bunbury a fortnight ago.

“He has drawn well, has won at the track and it’s his favourite distance,” Smith said.

“It’s been his race for six months to go in and he will present his best on the day.”

Prize Catch will be ridden by Jordan Turner and jumps from barrier two.

Julio Santarelli