Locals hold strong hand in Monday's Forbes Cup

The Barry Molloy-trained Caszar will start in the Forbes Cup on Monday.
The Barry Molloy-trained Caszar will start in the Forbes Cup on Monday.

During a long and successful career there have been many highlights for Barry Molloy, however winning another Forbes Cup on Monday would be special for the local trainer.

Over 30 years ago Molloy won the Forbes Cup with Gold Fallacy, ridden by the present day Wellington trainer Peter W. Stanley and raced by the breeder Barbara Jones from Grenfell, Tom Finney from Sydney and the late Ken Gunn from Forbes.

Both before and since that win, Barry Molloy has only had a couple of starters in the Cup but this year is represented by one of the good winning chances in Caszar.

Presenting a challenge to the skilful trainer, Caszar did a lot of things wrong in the early stages and took nine starts before winning a Maiden Handicap at Cowra.

Since then Caszar has won another three races, been in the placings numerous times and accumulated $ 88,000 in prizemoney.

At the most recent outing Caszar ran fifth in an outstanding field at Wellington, and in a show of confidence champion jockey Greg Ryan has chosen to take the mount again in the $32,000 Bankstown Sports Club Forbes Cup over 1600 metres.

Greg Ryan powers home on Caszar.

Greg Ryan powers home on Caszar.

Despite the racing pattern of Caszar coming from back in the field and needing some luck in running, trainer Barry Molloy is cautiously optimistic and yesterday said he "would be satisfied to see the horse run a good race".

Wellington trainer Michael Mulholland won the 2019 Forbes Cup with Steamin' ridden by Greg Ryan and this year has the rapidly improving The Sledgehammer engaged with mature age apprentice Kath Bell-Pitomac the rider.

A fast pace is expected in the Cup with both Highly Desired and Mackellar's Love being noted front runners.

Trained at Gosford by Luke Hilton, Highly Desired led until the final stride when beaten a short half head by A Magic Zariz when resuming from a spell at Wellington while the Cheryl Crockett, Mudgee trained Mackellar's Love led for home when winning the Gilgandra Cup and Cowra Cup and the Lion Cup at Mudgee.

Likely to be fancied is Gunga Din for leading Canberra trainer Keith Dryden and a five-times winner from only 17 starts.

The lightly raced Crown Dancer (Mathew Cahill) has only had the one start since joining the Dennis Bush stable at Forbes however did beat a big field at the Sunshine Coast in Queensland before going for a spell.

The high profile Albury based trainer Mitchell Beer is making the long trip to Forbes with a strong team including Previso (Jordan Mallyon) in the 1400 metres Class 1 Handicap, a very impressive winner at Dubbo.