Under-rated mare Call Her Julie looks well placed to continue her good recent form in Saturday’s $12,000 Carrick Cup.
Although opposed to a good field, she has drawn well in barrier 3 and has shown that she has the necessary class to be competitive.
Five starts ago, the six-year-old beat all but Mister Lennox in the $25,000 Hobart Pacing Cup, finishing in front of several seasoned open-class performers.
She followed up three weeks later with a tough win at Mowbray then finished fourth off 30m in the Matron Stakes in Hobart before getting within a half neck of Black Centurian in a discretionary handicap at Mowbray last week.
Owner-trainer Matthew Cooper has described Call Her Julie as “a real trier with a very big heart”.
“She just keeps grinding away,” Cooper said, which will be an asset over the demanding 2650m cup journey.
Saturday’s other feature race, the Tasmanian Country 3YO Championship, will see the return of rising star Semowillrev.
After winning his first four starts by big margins, the Craig Hayes-trained gelding had his colours lowered at his last run before a spell when third to Izaha and Lead Singer at Mowbray on December 3.
It had always been Hayes’ intention to give Semowillrev a let-up after that race before returning for the feature three-year-old events.
The Carrick Cup and 3YO Championship have both attracted quality fields, making it very disappointing that it’s a non-TAB meeting.