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Taree Cup Target For Chalcedony

Taree-based trainer Matthew Robinson has high hopes of a home town victory in the $80,000 Stacks Law Firm Taree Cup on Sunday week.

Taree Cup Target For Chalcedony

Taree-based trainer Matthew Robinson has high hopes of a home town victory in the $80,000 Stacks Law Firm Taree Cup on Sunday week.

Taree's Bushland Drive racecourse
Taree's Bushland Drive racecourse

Robinson is confident his in-form galloper Chalcedony wil make a statement in Thursday’s Taree Cup Prelude (1600m) that wil set up the 7YO for a crack at the Taree Cup over 2000m.

Chalcedony Horseform has won his past two starts at Taree with Robinson setting his sights on the Taree Cup after the gelding rattled home at his last start to score in convincing style over the Cup distance.


The 42-year-old trainer says Chalcedony is a quirky galloper but has never raced in better form.

“He’s a funny horse and not a straight-forward animal; not conventional,” Robinson said.

“He has a high head carriage when he races – he learned to gallop with it and it has stayed with him.

“He gets back in his races and needs to be bottled up and then poke through the gaps as they appear.

“If you ride him closer he doesn’t finish off. The harder he travels in the run the better he finds the line.”

Robinson is Muswellbrook born and bred and has been around horses since his young days.

“I worked for my Dad, John, who was a hobby trainer and only had a couple of horses, and also with Jeff Englebrecht when in school but I didn’t do much during the year after leaving,” Robinson recalled.

“Mum said to go out and get a job, so I spoke to Steve Englebrecht at Muswellbrook races one day and he got me a start with John Hawkes at Crown Lodge at Warwick Farm.

“I was there for five or six years before coming back to Muswellbrook. I eventually moved up to Taree and things are good now with a few handy horses in the stable.”

Allan Chau will ride Chalcedony on Thuirsday and also has the mount on stablemate On My Terms, a five-year-old mare who is first-up over 1000m.

The mare has an excellent record when fresh, having raced four times when resuming for a win at Coffs Harbour and placings at Port Macquarie twice and Taree.

Robinson’s other starter on Thursday will be Mosgiel Lucy.

“She’s not overly big but is very honest and pays for herself. She needs the speed on up front and if it’s not run to suit, she struggles,” Robinson said.

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