Sunday, 1 July 2012
: Tough gelding Beaveroo has collected two trophies for his owners this season and his trainer Steve Schofield is chasing another pair in the next seven days.
| Stephen Schofield|
Photo by Racing and Sports
Schofield plans run his hardy five-year-old in Tuesday's Newcastle Herald Jungle Juice Cup (1350m) and then hit the road for a quick back up in the $50,000 South Grafton Cup (1600m) next Sunday.Beaveroo
made light of a crushing 69.5kg to easily win the Bong Bong Cup (1560m) last November and landed the Cessnock Cup (1350m) on June 5.
Apprentice Serge Lisny's 2kg claim played its part in his Cessnock Cup win and Schofield has retained him for the Jungle Juice mount on Tuesday.
Former jockey Schofield has no qualms about setting Beaveroo for two difficult races in such a relatively short space of time.
“It won't worry him at all. The horse is going great, he has worked really well at Wyong," Schofield said.
"I'm sure he will be especially hard to beat at Cessnock because he goes so well there.
“Then we'll have a crack at the Grafton race later in the week.”
Schofield's assertion that Beaveroo goes well at Cessnock is no mean boast. His gelding holds the course record at the track for the Jungle Juice Cup distance of 1350m.
He ran a record 1.19.55 in winning a Country Plate at Cessnock in April of 2010.
Schofield will float Beaveroo and stablemate Onyajet to Grafton on Saturday for the South Grafton Cup meeting the following day.
Beaveroo followed his Cessnock Cup victory by finishing eighth to Baranski in a Benchmark 70 Handicap (1600m) at the transferred Randwick meeting at Broadmeadow on June 20 but his trainer is dismissing that form line.
“He got squeezed up during the race and lost a shoe,” Schofield said.
Meanwhile Robert Thompson is hoping it will be a case of “third time lucky” on Tuesday when he tries to to boost his already enviable Jungle Juice Cup record.
Cessnock's master horseman has won the race a remarkable seven times since its inception in 1981 but strangely has had a “drought” since scoring on Beaucastel in 1994.
He partners Wyong-trained General's Sniper
for Wyong trainer Tracey Bartley on Tuesday.
“I'm sure she will run well from an inside barrier and especially with the limit weight," Thompson said.
Thompson has won the Jungle Juice Cup on Top Hat Joe (1992), Action Time (1985), Barzoon (1986), Justifiably Proud (1988), Desalante (1989), Mighty Rimu (1993) and Beaucastel.
His now retired trainer-father Arthur prepared Top Hat Joe and Action Time, whilst close friend Jeremy Sylvester was the trainer of Justifiably Proud, Desalante and Mighty Rimu.
Sylvester also won 1992 Cup with Pre Record (Harry Troy) and scored again last year with Youthful King (apprentice Alison Threadwell) for a fifth success.
Thompson was philosophical about not having tasted Jungle Juice success for 18 years.
“I should have won it a few more times, but made the wrong decisions in choosing my mounts,” he said.
“Hopefully, I'm on the right horse this year.”
General's Sniper has been placed at her last two city starts at Canterbury and Warwick Farm.