WARRNAMBOOL trainer Simon Ryan will chase another Thackeray Steeplechase victory with Police Camp in July after the seven-year-old won a $75,000 open steeplechase at Casterton on Sunday.
Police Camp with Will Gordon in the saddle lumped 71 kgs to defeat Longclaw by seven lengths with Mr Coyne in third spot in the jumping feature over 3800 metres.
Police Camp won the 2019 Thackeray Steeplechase on a heavy track and Ryan is hoping for similar conditions in July.
We'll space his runs to get him ready for the Thackeray.Simon Ryan
"Police Camp's a genuine wet tracker," Ryan told The Standard.
"He got track conditions to suit on Sunday.
"We'll space his runs to get him ready for the Thackeray.
"The Thackeray is a set-weights race and is normally run on a heavy track which will really suit him. I've got to give credit to Will. He rode Police Camp really well."
Meanwhile, Naracoorte trainer Sue Murphy was over the moon with her galloper Farooq after he won the Casterton Cup.
Farooq, ridden by apprentice jockey Jacob Opperman, beat Jester Halo by more then five lengths. "I was born in Casterton so to come home and train the cup winner is really special," Murphy said.
"The result was also great for Jacob.
"He's had three rides on Farooq for three wins. We had thought of running Farooq on the opening day at Warrnambool but decided to scratch him after they got all the heavy rain on the Monday night.
"It looks like we pulled the right rein going to the Casterton Cup instead of running at Warrnambool and there were no suitable races at Morphettville. Farooq is a very, very good horse who is hard to place because he's been such a consistent horse during his career."
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