Cup Win - Mission Accomplished

Jan 07, 2017

Two years ago when Brian first moved to Bendigo, owner Peter O'Dea set Brian the task to find a horse to win a Dederang Cup.

Last Saturday, that mission was completed. Seven-year-old gelding Nine Mile Sniper was able to make it two wins in six days after claiming the Merton Cup the previous Sunday with a tough on speed display. It was a similar tough win at Dederang, where the son of Hemingway was able to sit just off the pace and take the lead in the dying stages.

Nine Mile Sniper was ridden to victory by Courtney Pace, who holds a huge lead in the jockeys premiership and was able to pick up four winners for the day.

Gentle said the key to preparing Nine Mile Sniper for the six day back up was not putting a saddle on his back all week.

"He didn't need it. He's fit and a real happy horse at the moment, so it's just a matter of keeping the old horse in a good frame of mind, with a quick back up" Gentle said.

Nine Mile Sniper will now head to the Yea Cup on January 28 to try and win his third cup for the season.