Racing mates have a mountain to climb
RACEHORSE owner Steve Leonard wasted no time getting a stake in new race The Kosciuszko and organised 10 people to snap up 1000 entry tickets.
All are involved with the stable of Coffs Harbour trainer Cathleen Rode but despite so many chances Leonard says the odds of one of the tickets earning a spot in the $1.3 million race are lengthy.
"We don't expect to win and the way we look at it, we're contributing to country racing,” he said.
"Every stable in the country areas should get their owners to chip in a couple of hundred bucks each and finance the race as much as possible.
"If this one goes very well it will continue next year.”
The Kosciuszko (1200m) will be run at Royal Randwick on October 13 on The Everest program and is for 12 NSW country trained horses.
Every $5 ticket is placed in a draw on September 14 with 12 winners owning the power to select one of the runners as well as a share of whatever prizemoney that horse wins in The Kosciuszko.
The Leonard syndicate's tickets were purchased at the Coffs Hotel and having crunched the numbers he said while they don't expect to win a slot they are in with a realistic chance.
The group includes trainer Cathleen Rode's foreman Steve Thompson and some local tradesmen.
Of course, Rode is no stranger to winning a major country feature having taken out the 2017 Country Championships Final with Free Standing.