Country Cup Victory A Fitting Finale


Bob Bell is hoping Peta Edwards’ dream week can extend to Roebourne on Saturday.

Edwards rode her first city winner at Belmont on Wednesday and partner’s Bell’s veteran eight-year-old Speed ‘N’ Reef in the Tabtouch Roebourne Cup (2200m).

“She has been racing him throughout this campaign and reckons she can win it,” Bell said.

“She is confident he can do it and I hope she is right.”

Bell shares Edwards’ assessment, but believes Speed ‘N’ Reef’s biggest threat could be race tempo and the presence of the Jacqueline Henderson-trained Boys Get Around Him.

The seven-year-old lumps top weight (62kg) for jockey, Chris Nicol, but Bell fears he is a terrific chance to win the Roebourne Cup for the second consecutive year.

“Even with the weight if he is allowed to get a soft run in front he will be hard to beat.”

Bell says Speed ‘N’ Reef, a winner at 10 of 62 starts, is nearing the end of his racing career and deserves to chalk up a big race success.

After placings in the Narrogin Cup (1900m), Marble Bar Cup (1600m) and Kojonup Cup (1770m), he is searching for an elusive regional victory

“He is no superstar, but is genuine and tries his heart out,” Bell said.

“He probably has another 12-months of racing left in him.

“He pulled up from his last run really well,

“The small field should also suit him.

“He will be thereabouts.”

Julio Santarelli