Linda Meech aboard Inn Keeper (Image: Racing Photos)
Meech out to Keep stunning record
Linda Meech riding plenty of winners is no surprise to anyone, but maintaining a perfect record of 7/7 on the one horse, Inn Keeper, is outstanding. Meech's Golden Topaz win on the Symon Wilde-trained galloper preserved that record, and the Warrnambool trainer appears keen to back him up as Meech eyes 8/8 on him.
Ex-WA galloper Trap For Fools for Vic debut
Trap For Fools is certainly an interesting runner down for the Travis Harrison Cup. Trainer Lindsey Smith trained him to six-straight wins, before he started $6.50 in the Group 2 Perth Cup in which he led the field out only to finish sixth. He's had a trial at Werribee for new trainer Jarrod McLean, behind Darren Weir's spruiked Japanese import Danon Liberty. The mile could be a tad short for him given his run of eight wins (in the space of nine starts) this season were over 1920m and beyond.
Williams' extra motivation for Cup
Leading hoop Craig Williams talks about winning the Melbourne Cup as his one last box to tick in his career, but something tells me Saturday's Travis Harrison Cup would hold just about the same, if not more, significance to him given it is dedicated to the memory of his cousin, who inspired Williams to a career in the saddle. Williams drew wide aboard Magic Consol in the same race last year and had to settle for second behind Petrology but takes the reins on Paul Preusker's galloper again 12 months on - having won on him at The Valley last winter at $21 before two close seconds on him too.
Kah, kids cross SA border
Star SA hoop and runaway premiership leader Jamie Kah will be joined by SA apprentices Alfie Chan and Dylan Caboche in greeting the jockeys' room at The Valley. Kah is booked aboard three last-start winners, including Tatoosh in the Travis Harrison Cup. Chan can claim 3kg off his mount, Vieira, also a last-start winner for Leah Conlon in the Device Technologies Sprint (1200m) at Benchmark 78 grade. And Caboche can claim 2kg on the Phillip Stokes-trained Boggoms, who has been allotted the 61kg topweight in the BM78 Silver Thomas Hanley Plate (1200m).
Bon Aurum, forgotten mares resume
Bon Aurum makes a return to racing after close to 20 months off for Ciaron Maher, the Group 1 winner resuming over 1200m with apprentice Liam Riordan in the saddle. But Unique Lovely, for Frankie Stockdale, is another horse back from a bit of time off. The four-year-old mare last raced on August 30, behind Motown Lil, but had a trial at Cranbourne on May 21 behind Spirit Of Aquada to get her back into the swing of things. Godolphin's Rillito is another that's resuming having last been seen on race day posting a three-length win at Sandown on May 27, 2017. She's won a Randwick trial and was forward in another in preparation for her resuming run.