Track conditions to decide Gangster's Choice at Ballina Cup
WARWICK Farm trainer Joe Pride is monitoring track conditions at Ballina and Doomben before deciding if Gangster's Choice will start in Friday's $50,000 Slipway Hotel Ballina Cup (1600m).
Pride is looking for a dry track for the horse, the winner of seven races, including three on city tracks.
"I don't normally travel my horses that far but with all the rain we have had in Sydney, I have to look further afield with this horse," Pride said.
"We need a dry track for him."
Ballina is presently rated a dead 5, while no official track rating has yet been released for Doomben.
Twenty-two horses have been nominated for the cup, headed by Gangster's Choice and Falklands, the winner of the Port Macquarie Cup two years ago.
Trainer Marc Quinn is trying to find suitable races for Falklands as a lead-in to this year's cup.
He has also nominated for Rosehill on Saturday and for Sunday's Dubbo Cup.
"I am not making any decision yet," Quinn said.
"I will wait and go where I think the conditions best suit my horse."
Nine Brisbane and Gold Coast-trained gallopers have been nominated, including the Kelly Schweida-trained Epic, a winner of two races over 1600m at Doomben from his last three starts.
In between those two runs he finished second-last over 1600m at Eagle Farm when well-supported, with the stewards' report showing that the horse had over-raced midway through the event.
Nominations for the Newmarket (1000m) are headed by the Port Macquarie-trained Nuclear Class, which ran second in the Group Three Concorde (1000m) at Randwick last Saturday.