Well, he won’t get a better chance than when he makes the trip to Coffs Harbour.
Stitt is using the 2kg claim of apprentice Kyle Wilson-Taylor to reduce his weight to 59kg and with fine weather most of the week he’ll be racing on a soft, closer to good, track.
He meets the winner of that Taree race 4kg better off for a half length defeat and he’s drawn perfectly for his just off-the-pace style of racing – there shouldn’t be any excuses.
The $150,000 Carlton Draught Coffs Harbour Cup (1600m) has attracted quite a strong line up and it’s a promising four-year-old called Academy that creates a lot of interest.
A bit like Fair Dinkum, Academy is at his best when tracks are on the better side of soft so his three runs at Rosehill in the past six weeks can be marked up given he’s raced on a couple of heavy tracks and a soft 7.
He carried 57.5kg to his one-length third behind Dancing Gidget over 1400m on July 25 and with the four runs under his belt he’s ready for the step up to the mile with a 2kg drop in weight in his favour.
It’s sure to be competitive race, though, with the tough frontrunner Jazzland trying to emulate his South Grafton Cup win from a month ago and Top Prospect from the Kris Lees yard looking well placed.
With that upside factor, Academy is entitled to put himself in the finish if he can find a spot in the first half of the field.
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