By Glenn Davis
Trainer Matt Kropp is hopeful his love affair with the Dalby Cup can continue on Saturday but is likely to miss the big country feature in preference for the Pink Ribbon Cup meeting at the Gold Coast.
Kropp is chasing his fifth Dalby Cup victory following wins from Uncle Jan, Modern Al, Billy Goat and Zip To The Moon, with Rosie Posie and the topweight Splitz flying the flag tomorrow.
Kropp has yet to finalise his logistics for the two meetings but favours driving to the Gold Coast to saddle Spirit’s Choice in the Pink Ribbon Cup.
Spirit’s Choice, a Bec Goldsbury mount, is a $34 outsider for the 1300-metre feature which is restricted to fillies and mares at set weights and penalties.
Spirit’s Choice has been tardy away in her recent performances but showed a big improvement for Goldsbury last start when a fast finishing third to Moonshine Lady over 1200 metres at Doomben on September 5.
“Bec has got a good handle on Spirit’s Choice but we haven’t had much luck lately,” Kropp said.
“Spirit’s Choice was getting back too far but over 1300 metres they won’t go as fast and hopefully she can be a little closer in the run.
“In a few more bounds she would have won last start.
“It’s a tough race especially against Kisukano but you never know with that filly as she’s still got to go into the barriers.”
Meanwhile Kropp favours Rosie Posie as his best hope in the Dalby Cup as he also contemplates running Splitz in the Morven Cup (1400m).
Splitz has been in exceptional form in the country, winning his past three starts at Charleville (twice) and Chinchilla last month.
“There’s a bit of rain around and if its wet he won’t go to Morven,” Kropp said.
“I probably still favour Rosie Posie as she was a bit unlucky when she ran second in the Dalby Cup last year.”
Rosie Posie has drawn the outside in the 10-horse field and is coming off a last start fifth to Wudang Blade over 1050 metres at Toowoomba on September 5.
“It was a good run to keep her ticking over for this and she got too far back but I liked the way she stormed home,” Kropp said.
“Splitz is a good chance if he runs but I just favour Rosie Posie as she’s well weighted and loves the track.”