During a week where there are meetings at both Bathurst and his hometown track at Mudgee, you would think Cameron Crockett’s focus would be firmly on the western area.
But that isn’t the case.
Crockett hasn’t nominated one horse for either Bathurst on Friday or Mudgee Saturday but he’ll still be busy, heading to Warwick Farm on Wednesday.
There, the unbeaten record of speedy mare Reprimand goes on the line.
Formerly trained at the provincial track by Bjorn Baker, Reprimand has had three starts for Crockett and has won all three with Mathew Cahill in the saddle by a total of almost 15 lengths.
“Mathew has ridden plenty of fast horses and when he got off her at Wellington he said she could be the fastest,’’ Crockett told Racing NSW, Reprimand to contest the ANZ Bloodstock News Handicap (1000m) on Wednesday.
“I think that’s her asset so if they want to chase her they can chase her. I’m happy to have her, she’s about as good as I’ve got.’’
Reprimand is a full sister to stakes winner and Group 1 placed filly Fiesta and her owners knocked back an offer to buy her after Fiesta’s Flight Stakes placing last month.
As rapt as Crockett is to be training the five-year-old he says she’s very high maintenance. But owners are now being rewarded for their perseverance with her easy wins at Dubbo and Wellington.
“I think they’re enjoying the horse more than they would if they cashed in,’’ he said.
“They’ve experienced the lows and highs in racing with this horse. I think they knew she had a fair bit of ability.”
Cahill takes the ride from barrier three on Wednesday while Orange trainer Alison Smith has Absolute Ripper in barrier seven.
Cowra-based Cahill will also ride Crockett’s other hope on the day, Meraki Miss.
The four-year-old mare heads to the city having scored a second and a win in her past two starts and will go from barrier nine in the Bowermans Office Furniture Handicap (1200m).