Grafton jockey Matthew Paget will ride Rednav at Ballina today.
Grafton jockey Matthew Paget will ride Rednav at Ballina today. Mitchell Craig

Rookie trainer reveals Cup hopes for her stayer

TRAINER Sally Taylor's future plans for Rednav will come under the microscope when the handy stayer lines up at Ballina.

The five-year-old will start in the Murwillumbah Cup Preview (1905m) with Matthew Paget in the saddle.

Taylor, who has only held a trainer's licence since February, is dreaming of Rednav qualifying for the $160,000 Grafton Cup (2350m) on July 14.

Rednav's path to the Clarence River Jockey Club's flagship event is likely to come via the Grafton Cup Quality Prelude (2200m) on July 7. The winner of that event is exempt from ballot for the Listed Grafton Cup.

Rednav, who was previously with Greg Eurell in Victoria and already a winner over 2400m, is raced by a syndicate headed by Taylor's major supporter Peter Wood. Wood runs the Telstra shop in Coffs Harbour, a business where Taylor works part-time.

"Peter has been my major supporter," Taylor said.

"I wouldn't be here without his help."

Taylor has six horses in work at Coffs Harbour and is the daughter of owner-trainer Brian Taylor.

Before getting her licence she spent 18 months working as a track rider for fellow Coffs Harbour trainer Brett Bellamy.

Rednav steps up in distance today, something that Taylor said will work in his favour.

"The distance will suit him a lot better than 1600m," she stated.

"And the wet track is good. He loves rain-affected tracks. I've been taking him to the beach all week. He's freshened up nicely.

"He's been up for a long time, probably six months, but it took a long while to get him fit. He was very fat when he came in."

Rednav's recent form has been solid.

After winning over 1616m at Coffs Harbour on April 9, the gelding produced an uncharacteristic run when unplaced at the Gold Coast on April 23.

He then finished third at Ballina over 1600m and was a last-start 2.9 lengths eighth to Who Is Game over the same trip in the Wauchope Cup at Taree on May 3.

"He was certainly disappointing at the Gold Coast. We expected more," Taylor said.

"His run at Ballina was good when he came home hard and last start Peter (Graham) said he was definitely looking for further when he got warmed up late.

"I'm happy with the way he's going."

Taylor celebrated her third career winner at Grafton on Saturday when another budding stayer Finnegan scored over a sprint trip second up.