Coonamble Country Cup Final Preview

This Saturday night the latest final for the GRNSW Country Challenge series will take place as eight great runners line up in the $4000-to-the-winner Coonamble Country Cup (400m).

The most impressive qualifying run was in the second heat two weeks ago when Monkey Harris beat home Miss Mason by an easy 6 ¾ lengths.

It was a gallant run by the Matthew Reid-trained speedster who started from the awkward box six. Monkey Harris has not drawn any better in the final and will jump from box five as the lightly raced son of Solve The Puzzle aims for his sixth win from ten career starts.

In his heat win Monkey Harris clocked a brilliant 23.22 and showed off his sensational pace again last start when he won over 407m at Grafton in a scintillating 23.09. If he can reproduce this speed on Saturday he will definitely be the dog to beat.

Runner-up in the same heat, the Russell Harland-trained Miss Mason will start on the outside of Monkey Harris in box five this Saturday and is another in-form runner worth keep an eye on.

Old Bonalbo-based trainer Reid also took out the second heat when his dog Grand Canyon claimed victory. The son of Surf Lorian has drawn the outside box eight for the final and has a solid record wearing the pink having won twice and placed in another two of his five starts from eight.

The Graham Pickering-trained Muscle’s Monaro, who ran a disappointing fourth in first qualifier has been put right back into the race after drawing ideally on the rails in the final.

Kennelmate of Muscle’s Monaro, Royal Court has also drawn well with box three. Royal Court placed a close third behind Grand Canyon and Country Spot in the finals when starting from the same box.

Fernando in box two is another solid little runner good for a Place bet who boasts the fastest time at this track and distance, 22.96 which he ran in August last year.

The 2010 GRNSW Country Challenge Coonamble final will run as race four at the meeting’s quality seven race programme and is due to jump at 1:30pm (NSW time).

Coonamble Country Cup Final Field & Box Draw





Best Time T&D

1 7242 MUSCLE’S MONARO Graham Pickering 23.54
2 6714 FERNANDO Rhonda Millsteed 22.96
3 7432 ROYAL COURT Graham Pickering 23.74
4 2112 COUNTRY SPOT Gregory Board 23.73
5 1211 MONKEY HARRIS Matthew Reid 23.22
6 4121 MISS MASON Russell Harland 23.43
7 1113 CYCLONE COUNTRY Gregory Board 23.86
8 3113 GRAND CANYON Matthew Reid 23.71
1st 2365 MURRAY’S CHOICE Mitchell Cale 24.41
2nd 2235 HEAVY HAULAGE Mitchell Cale 24.12