January 17, 2021 National Trotguide
THE TAB Carnival of Cups moves to Goulburn this afternoon when the progressive club hosts several leading stables from Sydney and other regions around the state.
The $31,800 Goulburn Soldiers Club Frank and Edna Day Goulburn Cup is the feature race on a strong program which also features the $20,400 TAB Venue Mode Goulburn Rose.
Heading up the list of top stables getting into the act is the powerful Craig Cross enterprise, which has Miracle Mile placegetter Alta Orlando in the Cup and another in the Rose.
Following the scratching of Bling It On, Luke McCarthy will take the drive, replacing his father John.
Alta Orlando bounced back from a well-beaten ninth at Bathurst to finish a respectable second last weekend behind star stablemate, King Of Swing.
Former New Zealander, The Croupier joined the Cross stable late last year and has been a model of consistency in five runs since.
He will be strongly supported to take out the Goulburn Rose following recent wins at Menangle, where he has clocked fast times.
Local trainer David Hewitt has the talented Im Bruce Almighty in the Rose, a gelding which has won five races from just 30 career starts.
He lost all chance just after the start at Menangle last Saturday night when he went off stride, but driver Brad Hewitt believes he can redeem himself on his home track and is a definite threat to The Croupier.
Hewitt will be chasing a spot in the Club Menangle County Series with last-start Goulburn winner, Stone The Eagle, who was most impressive at his third race start.
Despite only attracting a small field, the Guineas (Race 4) sees a classy line-up of three-year-olds.
- MICK DUMESNY