IT was almost two years ago that trainer Jim Jarvis declared he'd found a replacement for “family pet” and soon to retire Coffs Harbour Gold Cup winner Mr Gold Fire.
“This horse could give me another win in the Coffs Cup,” he said, when gangling colt Power Quest won a 1400m maiden at Coffs Harbour in November 2009.
After spelling, the horse he returned to racing in brilliant form but Cup dreams were shattered when a track accident caused a loss of form and after two unplaced runs at last year's Grafton July Carnival it was back to the paddock.
The son of Epsom Derby winner Quest For Fame (GB) returned last January and from six starts won three races, including two at the Gold Coast over 1800m, which shows he's received plenty of stamina in his make-up from the sire.
Jarvis gave the rising six-year-old another let-up when he last won on April 11 but has nominated him at Grafton for a support race on WHK Ramornie Handicap day and stable apprentice Codey McPherson will have the ride.
“The idea is to run him in the 1400m race next Wednesday and then allow a couple of days to get over it and see how he comes up,” he said.
“The only thing that worries me is that as a mature horse showing his liking for a bit of distance that the mile of the Coffs Cup may now be a bit too short for him.
“Last year's race would have been better but it wasn't to be.
“Still, it will be nice on Cup day if I can walk him around the ring in front of the home crowd and have people pointing their fingers at me and wondering who is that silly old bugger in the pink shirt, leading a horse.”
Ultimately, Power Quest could be on the trail of future sorties in the Taree and Lismore Cups.
“Mr Gold Fire won them both so history might repeat after all,” the trainer said.
He is also considering a race at the home carnival in August for consistent gelding Spiritist which won at the feature Dr Jurd's Jungle Juice Cup meeting at Cessnock on Thursday.
No Coffs Harbour-trained horses are nominated for the Ramornie Handicap or Wyke's Tyrepower Grafton Cup.
However, Gordon Yorke has entered Pin in the Grafton Guineas while Brett Dodson (Backstabber), Brett Bellamy (Lotsamoola), Peter Roach (Our Corey) and Jarvis (The Annihilator) have entered runners in the Sir James Kirby Handicap.
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