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Stakes are high in Cairns Cup for former butcher

By Glenn Davis

The stakes are high for former butcher Trevor Rowe in the Cairns Cup at Cannon Park on Saturday.

Rowe, 60, won last year’s Cairns Cup with the ill-fated Chateau Dettori and is defending his crown with a two-pronged attack in the 2100-metre far north Queensland feature with Great Pretender and Mukaddamah Son (pictured).

Both are at big odds in UBET markets with Great Pretender at $21 while Mukaddamah Son is a $101 long shot.

Rowe has been training for 35 years but has been fulltime for only nine years.

“I was a hobby trainer for a long time. I used to work in a butcher shop and I’d do the horses before I started work each morning and then went straight back in the afternoon after the shop closed,” Rowe said.

“I’ve tried several times to win the Cairns Cup and I finally cracked it last year with Chateau Dettori.

“Chateau Dettori would have been set for this race again but unfortunately he had an accident in March going onto the track.

“He chipped a bone which had to be removed and then got post-surgical colic and couldn’t be saved.”

Rowe, who will have a busy day saddling up 16 runners at Cannon Park, is leaning to former Sunshine Coast stayer Mukaddamah Son causing a major upset at triple figure odds.

Great Pretender won last start over 1900 metres at Cairns but is untried over the Cairns Cup distance while Mukaddamah Son has won twice over the trip.

Mukaddamah Son finished in front of only two runners in last month’s Townsville Cup (2000m) but Rowe believes the 11-year-old has improved immensely.

“Great Pretender has been a very good horse and has raced his way into open company over the past 12 months,” Rowe said.

“This is his first shot at 2100 metres but I’m confident he‘ll run it.

“I was a bit worried he might not make the field with his rating but he’s in now.”

Rowe was given Mukaddamah Son to train after formerly being prepared by Jack Duncan on the Sunshine Coast.

“He had been out of racing for various reasons before I got him and wasn’t shaping up when he was with Jack,” Rowe said.

“He ran fourth in his first ruin for me in Cairns then in the Townsville Cup he was never better three and four wide, so it wasn’t a bad run.

“I think Mukaddamah Son will improve out of sight and I just favour him because he’ll definitely run the distance.”

Racing Queensland webnews  August 11


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