Local trainers Matt Martin and Hugh Cathels have hatched an ambitious plan to plunder feature race success for their three-year-old pacers Final Chapter and Mota Mate at Globe Derby Park on Saturday night.
Martin will be represented by Final Chapter in the $10,000 Mermaid Stakes for three-year-old fillies while the Cathels-trained Mota Mate will fly the flag against local opposition in the $10,000 Sires Produce.
Both horses have solid recent form and look well up to their interstate assignment. Final Chapter followed up back-to-back wins at Shepparton and Warragul with a slashing third in strong company at Melton last start and looks hard to beat from her front row draw.
And Mota Mate was a winner at Cranbourne three starts back before being placed at both subsequent runs including a third at Melton at his most recent outing.
Martin was excited about the venture before setting off before sunrise on Friday morning.
“I’ve never travelled horses before to race interstate,” Martin explained. “But Hugh has arranged for us to stable with Toby Ryan at Gawler and Glenn Hunter, Mota Mate’s regular driver, will make the trip to drive both horses.”
“I’m picking up Dad and his cousin Peter on the way through Ararat and we’re treating it as the ultimate road trip.”
“Hopefully everything goes without a hitch and the horses race to the best of their ability. If they do then I think we can earn. In any case, I’m really looking forward to the trip.
Mota Mate competes in race four at 7:40pm Melbourne time whilst Final Chapter goes around in race six on the card at 8:50pm
By David Scott