Yuill Ride The Difference In Tatts Cup Win by The Gurkha
A brilliant ride by Kyra Yuill on Big Josh saw the Dan Morton trained gelding win the $40,000 GTC Raglan Drilling Tattersall’s Cup (2300 metres) over Black Tycoon and Secret Glow.
The win guarantees Big Josh a start in the $150,000 XXXX Gold Kalgoorlie Cup on September 22.
Yuill positioned Big Josh perfectly, tracking the race favourite Black Tycoon everywhere he went and when she eased Big Josh around heels and came to the outside of Black Tycoon in the straight he used his superior turn of foot to advantage.
Secret Glow ran his customary honest race to finish just behind the first two home, while tearaway leader Defy Me fought on well to hold fourth ahead of Big Smoke.
“This horse continues to race extra well in Kalgoorlie.” Dan Morton told the Gurkha “It was a ten out of ten ride by Kyra. She was following the favourite and had Cohort on her inside.”
“She was then able to force the hand of Black Tycoon and had the last crack at him.”
“My plans at this stage are to keep him at the distance so we will look at the 2200 metres in three weeks and then go a fortnight into the Kalgoorlie Cup.”
“He didn’t go that well over the 1760 metres at his previous start and I was a little concerned that he may not have been solid enough for the journey last Sunday.”
The win by Big Josh was his fourth for the season and along with his stable mate Hussation is near the top of the leader board in the Dr Brent Hunt Horse of the Year Award.
“They have been very important horses for the stable. When you are trying to establish yourself in a region like Kalgoorlie you need some marquee horses and these two have flown the flag for the stable.”
“Hussation will start this Sunday and if he runs well we may look at backing him up in the Coolgardie Cup.”
“My other runners on Sunday will include Snuff Gruffles in the 1760 metres and I think a change in riding tactics may see Flying Foray improve as well.” Morton said.
Black Tycoon would have lost few admirers with his effort and trainer Trent Brown is undecided if a drop back in trip to the Boulder Cup (1760metres) or the 2200 metres in three weeks will be his next start.