Patinack pinpoints Port Macquarie Cup

Peter Robl will be seeking his first major win for Nathan Tinkler’s Patinack Farm in tomorrow’s Port Macquarie Cup.

Tinkler recently retained Robl as his first choice rider for the huge team of horses he has assembled over the last 12 months who are scattered among trainers in NSW and Victoria.

His Port Macquarie Cup hope is the five-year-old mare Maha Chakri, winner of the 2007 Tasmanian Oaks when she was trained by David Hayes before she was purchased as a stud prospect by Tinkler.

Peter Robl

Maha Chakri is trained at Newcastle by Jason Coyle, selected by Tinkler to share his NSW-based horses with his principal Randwick trainer Anthony Cummings.

Tinkler is eager to win the Port Macquarie Cup as his parents live close to the mid-North Coast centre at nearby Kendall and he has thrown his financial support behind the Port Macquarie Race Club as a sponsor.

Tinkler instructed Coyle to set Maha Chakri for the Port Macquarie Cup at the start of her preparation and she will go into the $100,000 2000m race ready to peak after running third in the Cup Prelude over 1800m at Port Macquarie on September 28.

“She pulled up well after the Cup Prelude after a hard run and with her light weight she could just about win given an easier run than last time,” Coyle said.

Robl, who will also ride the other Patinack Farm-owned runners trained by Coyle, has joined the impressive jockey list for tomorrow’s meeting.

Peter Wells and Tye Angland, Sydney’s champion apprentices for the past two seasons, will join Robl, Grant Buckley and Mitchell Bell with mounts in the Port Macquarie Cup.

Wells, on a high after landing his first Group One win in last Saturday’s AJC Metropolitan at Randwick, has been engaged to ride Parfumier, trained at Randwick by Pat Webster.

“I am still on a high and I don’t want the feeling to disappear just yet,” Wells said of his Metropolitan win.

“I rode Parfumier quite a bit last preparation and he is a tough stayer who will be very competitive over the 2000 metres.”

Angland has retained the prize Cup ride on the Con Karakatsanis-trained Black Piranha after riding him at his last start when he finished second in the Group Two Shannon Stakes at Rosehill.

Buckley will ride the in-form Delago Star for Wyong trainer Kim Waugh in the Cup while leading local jockey Peter Graham has the mount on the topweight With A Chance for Scone trainer Luke Griffith.

Graham has won a bundle of major races around NSW but has never been successful in his home town Port Macquarie Cup.