Amigos on track for glory at Bowra

THE three amigos of Coffs Coast racing will saddle up and attempt to win today's feature Bowraville Cup.

Jockey Stephen Traecey will ride Champagne Rock for trainer Jim Jarvis with the handsome chestnut gelding quoted at each way odds of $11 for the big race.

The value price is due to the horse not having won since December 2013 but there have been plenty of big runs in top company in most of the Northern Rivers Racing Association cup races.

RIDE ON: Stephen Traecey will have plenty to laugh about if Champagne Rock wins the Cup today.
RIDE ON: Stephen Traecey will have plenty to laugh about if Champagne Rock wins the Cup today. Lynne Mowbray

"At his best he would be one of the favourites in a Bowraville Cup but he hasn't had the same dash lately he had as a young horse," Traecey said.

"There's going to be a lot of speed in the race with the likes of Power Receiver, Racers 'N' Chasers and Ebony Rein, all about to sprint hard at the start and come across quickly.

"We've got the inside gate and I should be able to park him one or two back along the fence and give him the last shot at them in the straight."

Like all Jarvis-trained gallopers, Champagne Rock is treated like a member of the family and has a beautiful, sweet nature that makes him a favourite around the stable.

"He's a lovely old bloke and the apprentice, Mathew Herbert, rides him in all his work," the jockey said.

"I just get on at the races and steer."

The elder statesman of North Coast riders, Traecey has tasted previous success in the race.

"I won it a long time ago aboard Royal Ambition for trainer Ross Stitt and I think we also won a Sawtell Cup together as well.

"I've managed to pick up a couple of good rides but won't be riding in the other feature race, the Lightning Bend Handicap."

The race is named after arguably the best sprinter to race in the Association.

Trained by the late Gerald Flick, Lightning Bend went from humble beginnings by winning a Bowraville Maiden to Group One glory in the 1990 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley.

"I saw his rear end plenty of times as he raced through the local grades and we were really happy he turned out such a good one," Traecey recalled.

Today's Nambucca River Jockey Club meeting at Bowraville has full TAB coverage with the Cup at 4.01pm.