Port Macquarie races: Cogliere on target for Cup

Local trainer Marc Quinn knows Cogliere will need to run the race of his life to win the $200,000 Port Macquarie Cup (2000m) on Friday but the signs are there that he will.

The Pluck seven-year-old has been one of the more reliable Quinn runner for some time now and he has ran second at his past two starts, including the Port Cup Prelude (1812m).

He was 4½ lengths second to Tom’s Knight but now they carry the same weight.

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Cogliere heads into the Port Macquarie in good form.Source:News Regional Media

“He got beat by a very good ride from Jeff Penza, who summed it up pretty well in the Prelude,” Quinn said. “He realised we were getting easy sectionals and he knew he had 5.5kg less on his back.

“When he took off past us at the 600m we just couldn’t pick up and go with him with the extra weight on our back. He’ll run really well now.”

The fact the whole field carries 55kg, except Mantastic and Savacool, made Quinn, and no doubt his rival country trainers, unhappy.

“Cogliere will run really well and I can’t have him any better but with the way the weights are it will be hard to win against city horses,” he said. “The horse is flying. He’s going terrific and I couldn’t be any happier with him.”

Quinn’s got three other runners going around at Port and Gumshoe, in the sixth race, is a very good hope off two placings at the provincials. “He’s come out of his couple of placings really well and this is a red-hot country sprint,” Quinn said.

Quinn thinks the five-year-old can run in the first four.

“We’ve finally worked him out. After his Grafton and Gosford runs we decided to back of him in his speed work and we just trotted and cantered him to keep him fresh,” he said.

“The hardest he’s gone is three-quarter pace so we feel that we’ve worked out a way to train him and not to keep galloping him while he’s fit.”

Trainer Marc Quinn with his Port Macquarie contender Cogliere. Picture: Nathan EdwardsSource:News Corp Australia

Sylvia’s Memory kicks off the day for the stable in the fourth race and as long as she runs out the trip she’s a good hope also.

“If it was 1000m I’d be extremely confident but I can’t see why she can’t run the 1100m with no weight on her back,” Quinn said. “She had a jump out last Saturday and she’s in really good conditioned and is well weighted. She’ll have a break after this because we don’t want to keep hammering her but she’ll run well in this race.”

Quinn said he wouldn’t be surprised if The Dream Giver can win the last race on the card despite coming out of barrier 15 after running a gritty sixth placing at his first run for the stable first-up.

“Chad Lever came back after he rode him and said had he drew a gate he’d nearly win. He just got caught deep with no cover,” Quinn said. “I didn’t want to step him up in distance after a long spell and he doesn’t have to travel anywhere.

“He’s very well and I think drawing an outside gate might be the best thing for him because he’s a big striding horse who won’t like being cluttered up on the fence.”

LANE’S GIRL READY TO KICK ON

Despite finding a competitive first-up race for Girls Kick On, trainer Damien Lane feels she’s good enough to get the job done and build on the impressive start to her career.

The Scissor Kick filly had a four-start first career preparation with a single win and two more placings, but they were all good races and she’s enjoyed a 20-week spell.

“She’s definitely thickened up and matured a bit with the spell. She wanted to get on with it in her first prep but she’s come back more relaxed,” Lane said. “Her work has been pretty good and her trial behind The Bopper was good too and she’s got some pretty good formlines. There’s been a fair few winners come out of the races she’s been in.”

Her only unplaced run was on the Kensington track in May when running behind Macrouran and Wild Ruler, who could race himself into The Everest with a win at Randwick on Saturday.

Wild Ruler is one of the hot favourites at Randwick on Saturday. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

Girls Kick On will have to jump from barrier six of eight in the Showcase Class 2 Handicap (1000m) at Port Macquarie but it should not be a problem.

“She’s quite well weighted for what she’s done and it looks like a good kick-off point. She’s got natural gate speed and I’d be surprised if anything led her,” Lane said.

“I’m not disrespecting the race by any means. It’s competitive. Undeniable finished third behind her a few runs back then has come out and won a couple after not getting a lot of luck.

“Bob Milligan’s horse has had three starts for two wins so it won’t be a walk in the park, but I think my filly has got a future and this is the right race for her first up.”

Lane also said Oakfield Missile would probably miss a race at Randwick tomorrow and be saved for another week. “I think we’ll wait for the following Saturday on Everest day for a Benchmark 78 over 1400m,” he said.

Originally published asPort Macquarie preview: Flying Cogliere set to soar

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