A chance encounter in the local coffee shop between up and coming trainer James Ponsonby and a couple of would-be racehorse owners could lead to a win in today’s Moruya Cup.
Ponsonby saddles-up the former Angaston resident East Indiaman in Thursday’s town feature at what will be the horse’s first run since he left Tony and Calvin McEvoy’s stable.
“I got to know the farrier that does Mark Newnham’s horses and his brother runs the stud that used to own him and he rang me and said my brother’s got a horse for sale down here (in Victoria) that he reckons will suit you,” Ponsonby explained.
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Trainer James Ponsonby has new stable recruit East Indiaman in the Moruya Cup. Photo: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph
“So when I looked him up it took me about eight minutes and a can of coke to decide that I am going to buy him because he has got Listed form as a young horse and once those sort of horses get up to 1400 metres-plus, there seems to be a great avenue of opportunity to earn prizemoney with them.
“I ran into a couple of locals from Camden at the coffee shop and they said any chance you can sell us a share in a horse. I didn’t realise selling shares in a horse was that easy. You go to buy a coffee and someone asks for a horse, so it worked out well.”
East Indiaman is the best credentialed horse in the Moruya Cup having won the Listed SAJC H.C. Nitschke Stakes and ran third in the Adelaide Guineas.
“I have put the blinkers back on him because his trial was very lackadaisical at Warwick Farm but he really feels like a horse of a bit of quality,” Ponsonby said.
“He is getting a little bit of weight relief which he wasn’t getting in Victoria and he looks like a horse that hopefully will be a nice country cups horse but still with the opportunity to win a race in town for his connections.”
Winona Costin will ride all three of James Ponsonby’s runners at Moruya on Thursday. Photo: Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
Ponsonby could potentially add three winners to his growing tally at Moruya with a couple of other stable acquisitions in Hot Bahama and New Zealand-bred Phillipsburg also heading south with Winona Costin partnering all three of his runners.
Hot Bahama, a British-bred former Queensland resident won his first start for Ponsonby at Orange beating subsequent winner, Dawn Flight.
“Ultimately he is a horse that will run in the Highways for me this season,” Ponsonby said.
“When we originally purchased him, we had just run third in the Country Classic with Proven Class and Hot Bahama looked an ideal candidate for that race himself in the future because he had already been up to 1800m with his previous trainer.”
Phillipsburg, meanwhile, had more against him than going for him when he finished midfield at Nowra on New Year’s Eve but has a lot more in his favour further here.
“He got on the wrong side of the track and he got far back and they flew,” he said.
“He is going to get the opportunity on Thursday to jump well and find his rhythm which he just hasn’t had in his first two starts.”
PROSSER HAS ‘FAITH’ SONNY CAN BREAKTHROUGH
Five days after chalking up his 200th winner, Colt Prosser is hoping winner number 201 comes at Gunnedah on Thursday via My Sonny’s Faith who is owned by his mother, Debbie.
My Sonny’s Faith is a son of Tie The Knot’s half-brother, Dream Ballad, who won the Dulcify Handicap in 2005 with Glen Boss in the saddle.
Debbie Prosser trained My Sonny’s Faith’s dam – Pauline’s Dancer – who bolted in on debut at Taree over 1000m in late 2003.
My Sonny’s Faith is yet to win his nine starts but has placed on four occasions despite being his own worst enemy at times.
“He makes it tough for himself because he is one of those horses that just flops out of the gates, he has always done it,” Colt Prosser said.
“He will run a trip down the track but at the moment every time he gets into the mile races, they walk in front of him and because he is at the back, he has to weave a passage.
Trainer Colt Prosser (left) is hoping for a good tempo to benefit My Sonny’s Faith at Gunnedah. Photo: Simon Bullard/AAP ImageSource:AAP
“So, by putting him back to 1300m on Thursday, I am just thinking they might roll along a bit better and open it up a bit more for him when he wants to make his run.”
Another of Prosser’s Gunnedah bound team is Bonnie Joy who finished a dozen lengths last on December 15 but improved out sight 16-days later when a close up fifth at Inverell on Cup Day.
“She got trapped three and four wide at Inverell which is usually the death-seat and every race that day was won by horses in the first four on the rails,” Prosser explained.
“She has trained on really well and she looks a treat. She has drawn the outside which is not ideal for Gunnedah but it is a 900m sprint so they will all go along quick.”
Prosser’s third and final runner is Slice Of Heaven who has been somewhat below her best this summer but could find her best form again if circumstances allow.
“I can see some good genuine tempo in the that race so I am hoping something will want to lead her and she can just relax off the back of them,” he said.
Originally published asMoruya Preview: Ponsonby eyes Cup win with new recruit
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