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Canberra gelding Almost Court lives up to name and wins $130,000 Canberra Cup

11 March 2018 7:58 AM
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"I bought him as a yearling and got him going and he won a race back home but last year we had very wet tracks and that's why I got him over here," Court said.

"We got sick of the wet tracks, we had 19 weeks of heavy tracks, so we brought him over here and he hasn't looked back.

"He's a dry tracker and last-start at Randwick was soft and I said to Paul we're in a bit of trouble because he couldn't get going on a soft track, but as you see today on a dry track he was away."

Jones paid $30,000 for 66 per cent of the horse and syndicated with a group of Canberrans.

"A lot of work has gone into him, we planned his program meticulously and it culminated here," Jones said.

"Brian won the auction but we got talking afterwards and the rest is history.

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"We syndicated the horse to local owners and have a crew of 10 blokes who have him as their first horse and they think the game is that easy."

Jones admitted he was nervous watching the run and was glad the race wasn't a metre further, before suggesting Almost Court could now specialise in country cup races.

"I was probably a little bit worried down the back straight, he was going pretty keen and had the field spread out across a lot of territory and I thought oh shit, but he got some rest and that was paramount in getting the win," Jones said.

"You could see he was getting tired on the line and just fell in, so I don't he'll be going to the Cox Plate, I don't think he can run 2040m.

"Don't know where to from here, maybe the country cup scene but he's a lovely horse with a big stride and when he gets his own way in front he can really let down."

"I'm a long time owner with Barb and Paul, and Brian that bred it is an unbelievable man. We knew we had a great horse and we've just shown it today."

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Source: brisbanetimes.com.au

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