By Glenn Davis
Adrian Coome knows more than most what it takes to win a Rockhampton Cup.
The former leading Central Queensland jockey turned trainer won the Rockhampton Cup three times in his riding days and is looking to win the feature on his home track for the first time as a trainer next week.
Coome will get a good idea of his prospects for the Rockhampton Cup (1600m) on Friday week when he saddles Poetic Heart and Attique in the Open Handicap, also over 1600 metres, at Callaghan Park on Tuesday.
Poetic Heart and Attique will be joined in the Open Handicap by another stablemate in Forza.
Poetic Heart is the pick of Coome’s trio despite drawing badly in barrier 11, following on from a last start ninth to the Ricky Vale-trained Absolut Artie over 1500 metres at Rockhampton last month.
He also hopes Steelz Time can make the Rockhampton Cup with a strong showing in the Benchmark 69 Handicap over 1400 metres.
“I’m hoping Poetic Heart can get back to form to get into the Rocky Cup,” Coome said.
“His last few runs haven’t been up to scratch so I gave him a freshen up two runs ago and I’m putting a tongue-tie on him for the first time tomorrow.
“His work has been strong and I’m hoping he’ll run a big race this time.
“He’s probably my best chance to have a Rocky Cup runner but if Attique wins and Steelz Time runs a big race they both could go that way.”
Coome, who has 32 horses in work, has had one attempt at winning the Rockhampton Cup when Poetic Heart finished fifth last year.
Coome’s biggest wins as a trainer were with Steelz Time in the Townsville Guineas and Poetic Heart in the Rockhampton Amateur’s Cup last year.
Coome only began training in October 2018, after increasing weight forced him to give riding away.
A winner of 975 races during his jockey days, Coome was the State’s leading rider three times, winning seven Rockhampton Jockeys Premierships and two in Mackay.
Among his list of achievements was winning the Rockhampton Cup three times as well as three Rockhampton Newmarkets and three Townsville Cups.
Last season Coome trained 22 winners and so far this season he’s easily surpassed that mark with 39 winners from 229 starters for a winning strike rate of 17%.
Racing Queensland webnews - July 6