Gulgong trainer Brett Thompson targets Gilgandra success before Country Championships

HUNTING WINNERS: Brett Thompson, pictured with his team at his Gulgong base, has two shots at success in the Tooraweenah Cup. Photo: MUDGEE GUARDIAN
HUNTING WINNERS: Brett Thompson, pictured with his team at his Gulgong base, has two shots at success in the Tooraweenah Cup. Photo: MUDGEE GUARDIAN

While another tilt at the Country Championships awaits, Brett Thompson will turn his attention towards Gilgandra on Saturday.

Gulgong trainer Thompson will have two hopes in Saturday’s feature at Gilgandra, the historic Tooraweenah Cup (1000m).

Chatteriz heads into the event in form and will jump from barrier three with Jake Pracey-Holmes in the saddle while Ken Dunbar will ride the returning Killer Miller for Thompson.

“Chatteriz is our best in that Cup on Saturday, but Killer Miller will need more racing as he’s had a long time off,” Thompson told Racing NSW.

“Chatteriz is a progressive gelding, coming off a couple of nice wins at Warren and Gilgandra and a natural speed type for the ‘1000’ with a good draw. He’ll run us a race again.”

Chatteriz is a progressive gelding, coming off a couple of nice wins.

Brett Thompson

Prior to his trip to Gilgandra, Thompson has Great Choice in action in the $40,000 E-Group Security (1250m) at Canterbury on Friday night as the eight-year-old ramps things up in the lead up to the Country Championships Central Districts Qualifier at Mudgee on February 25.

A late bloomer, Great Choice has five wins and three placings from just 14 career starts.

Great Choice has had two starts this preparation, both at Ranbdwick, but prior to that he hadn’t raced since February of 2016.

"He's been a great old horse for us,” Thompson said.

“He’s fitter for two runs back from a spell in strong company at Randwick although this isn’t much easier.

“But he was placed at Canterbury in an earlier prep and can be competitive,”

Due to the forecast temperature of 40 degrees at Gilgandra on Saturday, Racing NSW Stewards have invoked the Level 2 'Racing in Hot Weather' Policy.

That means the arrival time for horses on course is cut to just one hour while parade times are limited, cooling methods will be used for horses and jockeys and a second vet will be on hand.

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