All Again set for Inverell Cup
Lesley Jeffriess is a happy lady, happy in particular heading into Friday’s Inverell Cup with versatile All Again.
All Again, part-owned by 89-year-old Central Coast-based Neville Mutton, bounced back to his brilliant best with a power-packed last-start win on his home track at Tamworth.
"He seems to have come back extra well," Jeffriess said.
"I dropped him back to 1200 metres at Tamworth, he missed the kick but flew home to win. It was a very good effort.
"I’ve been really happy with the horse. He’s doing everything right.
"Inverell looks a nice race for him.
"I would have like to draw better (barrier 12) but there’s a long run in from the 1400 metres and I’ll leave that up to Darren (Jones)."
A big, powerful six-year-old, All Again has won from 1200m to 1600m and while Jeffriess concedes he’s at his best over 1600m when he gets into a preparation, the 1400m of the $25,000 Inverell Cup suits ideally given the gelding’s freshness.
The addition of blinkers at Tamworth was the key to All Again striking top form.
Last preparation when All Again raced over 1600 metres Jeffriess removed the shades in a bid to get the gelding to settle better in slower-run races.
"They’ll be staying on this preparation," Jeffriess said.
"The blinkers and Darren (Jones) are the key with him.
"Darren knows the horse well. He goes good for him."
Jones has had a long association with All Again, the winner of 13 from 47 starts and more than $160,000 in prizemoney.
Third-up at Tamworth on December 18 carrying 58kg, All Again dashed home to beat Runaway Shadow and the Sue Grills-trained Studio Star, a rival again on Friday to be ridden by star apprentice Timothy Bell.
All Again carries equal topweight of 58kg.
"He’s a big strong horse and is only 4kg over the limit. That’s okay," Jeffriess said.
All Again’s preparation since winning at Tamworth had been going according to plan until the big wet struck NSW this week.
"This week he’s basically only trot and cantered," Jeffriess said.
"I worked him along on Wednesday but keeping him a bit fresh won’t be a problem."
By Tony White