The Beef Week Cup is one of the biggest races on the Casino Racing Club calendar.
The Beef Week Cup is one of the biggest races on the Casino Racing Club calendar. Jerad Williams

Right To Roam ready to run in $25,000 Beef Week Cup

A 35-DAY freshen-up has done wonders for Right To Roam heading into the $25,000 Casino RSM Beef Week Cup (1400m) this afternoon.

"He's a horse that likes his runs spaced," Ballina trainer Stephen Lee said.

"He likes to be fresh and he is. I'm very happy with him. He's jumping out of his skin. He's in good order."

Lee figured out last campaign that the former Tony McEvoy trained six-year-old Starcraft gelding liked time in between runs, although he has backed up previously and won.

That happened last start when he scored an impressive 2.3-length win over 1400m at Lismore on April 22.


Ballina-trainer Stephen Lee after his horse Camayoc finished up winner in Race 1 at the Clartence River Jockey Club. Photo Matthew Elkerton / Daily Examiner
VERY HAPPY: Ballina trainer Stephen Lee, who says Right To Roam is in good order for the Beef Week Cup. Matthew Elkerton

He was backing up from failing at Doomben on April 13 after a 27-day freshen-up but there were excuses.

"He swallowed his tongue at Doomben; that's why he didn't perform," Lee said.

"I put a tongue tie on him at Lismore and look what he did.

"It was a good win at Lismore coming from back in the field. He won very well."

Right To Roam is raced by Brian Kee and his wife and was purchased as a tried horse from McEvoy for only $3000.

"I think he's won about $60,000 since he's been with us," Lee said.

"He's done a good job. He's a big gross doing horse. He's as quiet as a lamb and easy to work with."

Lee has won four races with Right To Roam.

Lee had him entered for the Gold Coast last Saturday but scratched the gelding after he drew wide to be saved for the Beef Week Cup.

Unfortunately, Right To Roam has again drawn wide in gate 14 but will come in three barriers if the emergencies don't get a run in the capacity field.

The wide barrier isn't a major concern for Lee, more so the state of the Casino track.

"I'm concerned it might be a rock hard track (yesterday rated a good three)," he said.

"I don't want to run him if it's rock hard. I'm looking ahead to the Maclean Cup at Grafton during their carnival and I don't want to bugger the horse.

"In saying that, I think Casino, coming up the hill, will suit him.

"He's a horse that gets back but finishes strongly. Hopefully they'll run along up front to give him his chance."

In-form jockey Matthew McGuren takes the reins.


RACE 1, 2YO HANDICAP : Winner Ultra Ego ridden by Matthew McGuren here talking about his win, at Ballina Race course. Photo : Mireille Merlet-Shaw/Northern Star
TAKING THE REINS: Matthew McGuren, who will ride Right To Roam in the $25,000 feature race today. MIREILLE MERLET-SHAW