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Holy Camp Boy is not Interdominion bound

01:02 AM 10 Mar 2011 NZDT
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Holy Camp Boy
Holy Camp Boy

New South Wales harness racing trainer Mitchell Reese has decided against a late nomination for the upcoming Inter Dominion series in Auckland for stable star Holy Camp Boy despite returning a career best performance when winning at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night (March 5).

With this month's Inter Dominion series switched from Christchurch to Auckland last week, organisers announced that the nominations for the series would re-open until Friday March 11.

"I made the decision to stay at home back in December and not even his performance on Saturday night changed my mind" Reese said.

"There is a lot that has to be considered when travelling to New Zealand and I have sat down and done the sums and I think it will be more profitable for him while all of the big guns are away."

Reese expected a big performance on Saturday night and wasn't surprised when Holy Camp Boy, a son of Stature, returned a winning mile mate rate of 1:52.8."I put a bit of pressure on Jarrod (Alchin driver) last week because I told him that the only way he was going to get beaten was if he put in a bad drive."

"I had the horse spot on for the race, I hadn't had him better since he won the Free For All at Harold Park on the night the track closed."

Holy Camp Boy will now be aimed at the Bathurst Lord Mayor's Cup at the end of the month.

"The race at Bathurst is on Gold Crown final night and is worth $20,000 and I might even take him to Goulburn Cup on Easter Sunday which is worth $25,000."

BANJO PATERSON ATTRACTS RUSSO

The Carnival of Cups returns to Orange this Sunday for the club's feature meeting of the year and the feature event "The Banjo Paterson" has attracted a strong field including the Peter Russo trained Jack Thats Gold.

The five year old hasn't raced since Boxing Day when he finished down the track behind Holy Camp Boy at Bathurst but Russo is happy with the son of Presidential Ball since his break.

"We gave him a month off after his run in the Shirley Turnbull Memorial because he seemed to be racing a little bit flat but since his four week spell he has come back a lot better" Russo said.

"He has had the two trials to prepare him for his resumption on the weekend and won his trial on Monday night at Bathurst so I decided it was time for him to go back to the races and the race at Orange is the perfect way for him to start his campaign."

Jack Thats Gold has charged through the grades after winning 10 of his last 22 starts and Russo acknowledges that he is starting to become difficult to place in winnable races.

"He came here as a C2 and is now M3 and when they get to that grade it is always nice to find them a race to resume in without having to take them to Menangle and watch them get run off their feet."

"I don't know how much further he can go to be honest so this preparation will tell us where to go next."

Riverina trainer David Kennedy will start Goeslikell in the Banjo Paterson after finishing second to Jukebox Music at Tabcorp Park Menangle last start. The comeback pacer has won 10 of his 14 starts this season including the Junee Cup and the Ackie Hawke Memorial at Canberra.

The Banjo Paterson Pace will be race six on Sunday at Orange and will begin at 5:34pm. The meeting will be covered on Sky Racing 2.

Nancy O'GRADY

Holy Camp Boy winning at Menangle Park last Saturday (March 5):

 Jack Thats Gold's last win at Harold Park on December 3, 2010:

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