Phrases Aiming for Huge Upset in 2014 Grafton Cup

July 9th, 2014

Following several big-name scratchings for tomorrow’s feature race at the Clarence River Jockey Club, rider Matthew Paget is confident his partner and outside chance Phrases is a great chance of pulling off a huge upset in the 2014 Grafton Cup (2350m).

Queenstown is clear favourite for success in the 2014 Grafton Cup

Queenstown is clear favourite for success in the 2014 Grafton Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Fourth in the Grafton Cup Prelude (2210m) on July 3rd, Phrases is saddled in Taree by trainer Bindi Cheers and is required to carry a race-low 54kgs in the 2014 Grafton Cup.

Allocated the wide and relatively awkward barrier 15, Paget told Sky Racing HQ he is a big fan of the Casino Prince gelding’s ability to run hard late, and is hoping to take up a position on the leaders’ heels early in the Grafton Cup.

“Phrase is one of Bindi Cheers’ horses and if you know Bindi Cheers’ horses they are tough,” Paget said.

“I think tomorrow is a really top class field and there are a few scratchings that have come out to maybe advantage me a bit, but at the end of the day Bindi’s horses you can just never rule them out.

“It is a horse that races on the pace and hopefully if there is a little bit of speed in it, he should just get that nice run.

“He will be one of those horses that keep fighting on.”

Claiming a total of six wins and 13 minor places from just 34 competitive starts, Phrases has secured just one victory from 13 appearances this preparation, however carrier good form into the Grafton Cup.

Running on for third in the Mark Roufeil 3.y.o+ (1800m) on May 21st, the gelding out of Melody was unlucky to finish second in the Hyland Race Colours 3.y.o+ (2200m) at Warwick Farm on June 4th, returning to the winner’s circle when poking clear in the Mossman @ Vinery 3.y.o+ (2400m) less than one week later.

Given little chance of a career-best victory in the Grafton Cup, Phrases is currently available at generous $41 odds with leading online bookie Ladbrokes.com.au.

Allocated the central barrier 7, Gai Waterhouse-trained Queenstown has claimed clear favouritism in Grafton Cup betting markets; currently displayed at generous $3.30 odds.