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Trainer hopes new horse will win Lismore Cup in tight field

CESSNOCK trainer, Jeremy Sylvester, is pinning his hopes on winning a second successive XXXX Gold Lismore Cup on Thursday with a horse that only arrived in his yard a matter of weeks ago.

Held annually on the fourth Thursday in September the race carries $45,000 in prize money.

Run over 2100m, the race tests excellent country horses as well as some metropolitan runners who come from Brisbane or Sydney.

Gates open at 11am and entry is $20. The cup race is run at 5.05pm.

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Sylvester will start the former Kevin Moses trained Plutorius but will scratch the top weight and Ballina cup winner Collar and run him at Doomben on Saturday.

Collar drew barrier 17 and with 60kgs Sylvester thought that was a task too far.

"If he had drawn a decent barrier I would have started him but from out there it means he would have had to be fired up early and he would never have settled after that," Sylvester said.

Moses sent Plutorius to Sylvester after he ran seventh over 2400 metres at Warwick Farm on September 9.

Boiled Rice at training at the Lismore Turf Club the day before the Lismore Cup. hoto Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Boiled Rice at training at the Lismore Turf Club the day before the Lismore Cup. hoto Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

"Kevin and I have been mates for a long time and Kevin asked me to take the horse while the spring carnival is on in Sydney because he is not up to that class," Sylvester said.

"His wife Jenny is one of the owners.

"A very fit horse arrived at my place and I have been working him in the bush behind my place and he is loving it.

"He has only been with me for a matter of weeks but being here is a total change to stable life in the city and the horse is thriving."

Sylvester has also made several gear changes to Plutorius, taking off the tongue tie and lugging bit and opting instead for a tongue control bit.

Plutorius will be ridden by Brisbane's leading female jockey, Tegan Harrison, who dominated the Ballina carnival with a winning treble including the Ballina cup.

Sylvester left Cessnock early on Wednesday night with Plutorius and Collar and Kris Lees' cup hope Slivovitz and headed for the Gold Coast and the stables of Mel Eggleston where all three horses will be housed.

Horse trainer Sharon Pepper with Connolly before the Lismore Cup. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star
Horse trainer Sharon Pepper with Connolly before the Lismore Cup. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star Marc Stapelberg

Slivovitz will be Lees' first Lismore cup runner and will be ridden by Ryan Wiggins.

"It is a race that suits him," Lees said.

Sportsbet had Collar the early favourite at $4.60 while he remained in the field yesterday ahead of Slivovitz at $4.80 then followed by Get On The Grange at $6, Solo Saga at 6.50 and Plutorius at $9.

The market then blew out to Avalanches at $13 and the Brad Herne trained Outstrip at $15.

The market is certain to change when Collar is scratched but looks likely to remain a wide market with five and possibly six real winning chances.

 

Fine, warm weather has the track drying out after rain last weekend and it is now a soft 7.

It has undergone two upgrades since Tuesday morning and with a fine day forecast for the cup there is the possibility of a further upgrade.