Toby Edmonds’ race favourite Our Boy Nicholas saluted for the punters on Thursday afternoon in a big three length romp to win the Coffs Harbour Cup 2015.
Ridden by top Sydney hoop Brenton Avdulla, the well-fancied More Than Ready gelding from the Gold Coast proved his class in this winter’s $85,000 Carlton Mid 2015 Coffs Harbour Gold Cup (1600m) coming from second last and three wide to win in excellent fashion.
After a failed bid on the Sunshine Coast in his home state of Queensland last time out on July 25 when 10th behind Daph ‘n’ Alf over 1400m, the galloper appreciated the step back up in distance for his fourth victory from seven starts over 1600m.
The mile is obviously Our Boy Nicholas’s pet distance and the horse handled the metres well boasting a three length margin over runner-up Got Unders ($7.50), who got a gun run throughout, on the line after a powerful final furlong.
In third finishing off this year’s Coffs Harbour Cup trifecta a further length and a quarter back for third was then the Liam Birchley-trained outsider Hard Ticker ($26) from Brisbane.
It was a patient ride from Avdulla, the fifth jockey in as many starts to jump aboard Our Boy Nicholas, and that combined with Edmonds having the horse spot-on for the assignment proved the winning mix.
The winner was four runs into his campaign and flew over the mile, finishing off far too strongly after giving the front runners a big advantage before closing the gap after getting to the outside on the turn for home.
He rounded up the leaders and stormed off for the easy win, the former Gai Waterhouse-trained galloper having now won seven of his 19 career starts for a tickle under $270,000 in prize money, his last 14 starts all being under Edmonds’ care who has prepared him for all but one of his career victories.
“From the draw I just rode him quiet, he didn’t show much tactical speed and I was in the three-wide line but I always cover,” Avdulla said accord to The Coffs Harbour Advocate.
“He relaxed pretty well for me and the tempo was good, they kept on improving.
“Mid-race I wasn’t really worried. I just kept him comfortable, I stoked him up before the corner and when I got on the outside I knew I was going to run over them and when I asked him he really quickened well and put them away pretty quickly.”
It was a big Coffs Harbour Cup Day for Avdulla who also guided the Allan Denham-trained $2 favourite Aroused to victory in the $25,000 Daniel Baker Sprint (1200m) replacing apprentice Koby Jennings in the saddle of the Foreplay seven-year-old in race six.
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