ALL SET: Her name is Spanish for
ALL SET: Her name is Spanish for "very hot" and Carlton MID Coffs Harbour Gold Cup runner Mucho Caliente with trainer Jim Jarvis and jockey Stephen Traecey, will be a roughie in the big race. Trevor Veale

Local herd of Cup runners hot to trot

THE race that stops the Coffs Coast could well finish with a local toast to victory.

The field in tomorrow's Carlton MID Coffs Harbour Gold Cup will feature five runners with local connections.

Jockey Stephen Traecey has his fingers crossed for a victory ride with mare Mucho Caliente to secure his third Coffs Cup win.

Placing second at last year's Casino Cup and fifth at the Coffs Cup, trainer Jim Jarvis is hoping for a stronger performance from Mucho Caliente.

Jim said the weather had been in their favour, with the track shaping up to be firm, a good range for the seven-year-old mare, who has proven to run better on a hard track.

"She'll give her best but we would prefer her to give her best under the best circumstances. Where it's rock hard, she seems to adapt a lot better and perform a lot better on a hard surface," Jim said.

He said Mucho Caliente was heading to the breeding barns after the cup and was not holding out high hopes for a winning run.

"She would be long odds. She'd be something for the mums and the dads to back, she would be an each way bet."

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As for tomorrow's race, Stephen said his race strategy would formulate when they entered the gates, waiting for the gun to fire.

"A lot plan out what they want to do but I've never been a jockey who goes out there with a plan because things change so much, like as soon as you leave the gates something different can happen," he said.

"I'm one of these jockey's who makes their plan within the first 50 metres."

If Mucho Caliente is successful at tomorrow's cup, it will be a second Coffs Cup win for Jim.

Coffs Harbour has connections to four other horses running in tomorrow's cup, including Youwaitandsee (trainer: Trevor Hardy), Purrvosa (trainer: Brett Bellamy), Kareem's Edge (trainer: Paul Smith) and Sofin (trainer: Shannon Fry).

Gates open at 11am.