Morgan hoping to bookend Tamworth meeting in style

He’s looking to pull off a bookend assault at his home track, and he has the Raging Bull steering a pathway.

Leading local trainer Cody Morgan can win the first and last at Monday’s feature Tamworth meeting with two of his more progressive gallopers both heading into just their sixth starts.

Trainer Cody Morgan is looking forward to Monday’s Tamworth meeting.Credit:Peter Hardin

In the opening Maiden Hcp over a mile, well-named Scissor Kick four-year-old Cut ’Em Up presents fourth-up from the outside barrier stepping out to this distance for the first time.

After working home nicely in his last couple, and with top country hoop Aaron Bullock back in the saddle, Cut ’Em Up looks well-placed to break through, although he won’t have much room for error against improving filly Stella Glow who also looks ready to peak third-up first time over 1600m.

Then in the final race of a very competitive meeting, emerging Divine Prophet three-year-old Ostracised for the same trainer/rider combination can take the most important step of his young career in a good quality Class 3 Hcp over 1000m.

After charging home to beat all bar the winner as an even money favourite in a Class 1 at Scone 16 days ago, Morgan has kept the gelding at the short course for this significant step up in grade.

And punters might be looking at the same quinella from that race, with the winner three-year-old filly One Penny also lining up, and shooting for three straight wins this prep.

Meanwhile, while Morgan and several other Tamworth trainers again have a strong hand across the meeting, the most talked about galloper might be a recent arrival to the Australian Bloodstock ownership in the yard of Kris Lees at Newcastle.

Powerful three-year-old Sherringford, a son of 2013 Cox Plate and 2014 Australian Guineas winner Shamus Award, makes his debut also from the outside barrier in a Maiden Plate over 1200m.

Behind a dominant and runaway second trial win at Wyong on a soft track, he will likely go off a clear-cut favourite.

That day, Sherringford took control early, and pushed out from the turn dashed right away from a field of handy gallopers to win by a widening six lengths. All being equal, he looks destined for much bigger races early next year.

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