Rotorua trainer Craig Phelan has a taste for Aussie country cups success after his bold frontrunning stayer Big Mike took third in yesterday’s Kyneton Cup.
“The money’s too good not to keep having a go,” said Phelan.
“They pay right back to 10th over here.”
Next up is the Ballarat Cup in a fortnight and the campaign ends with the Pakenham Cup.
Michael Dee, who rode him Wednesday, will the stick with the galloper for the rest of the campaign.
“He blew a bit after the race. He hadn’t had a run since the Livamol,” Phelan said of Big Mike.
“Michael (Dee) was rapt with him. We tried to get Mickey Walker but he was unavailable for Cup Week,”
After Aussie, Phelan may look at running him in the Auckland Cup in March.
The Kyneton Cup was won by the Darren Weir-trained Another Coldie, the galloper’s fourth Cup win in 12 months
The five-year-old put paid to his rivals at the top of the home straight and surged clear to win by two lengths from Rhythm To Spare.
Another Coldie could now head to the Elipse Stakes (2000m) at Sandown on November 17 or the Ballarat Cup (2200m) on November 24.