WAGGA trainer Scott Spackman is fully aware of the task in front of Yet Tobe Convinced in the $140,000 Gold Cup (2000m).
Spackman has only been training for a couple of years and will saddle up his first Gold Cup runner in Friday’s feature race.
Yet Tobe Convinced has already enjoyed a fruitful preparation with a second placing in the $100,000 Country Championship heat and then a seventh in the $300,000 final at Randwick.
She snuck into the field after a sixth placing in the MTC Country Cup and Spackman is now looking forward to the mare’s grand final.
“She’s good, she’s in great order,” Spackman said.
“I was a little bit disappointed with the ride last start and I was a bit worried about that hard run but she’s pulled up an absolute treat.
“I can’t fault her.”
Spackman is a realist and knows the Gold Cup will not be easy.
Yet Tobe Convinced has drawn barrier 18 with Kathy O’Hara on board and tackles a strong Cup field.
“We’ll go back and ride for luck,” she said.
“I’d be happy if she could run in the first four or five, it’s a Cup mate, if she could run in the first three I would be absolutely over the moon.
“I know we’re up against it.”
Spackman’s stable started the carnival well with Sparkling To Win getting beaten a nose.
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