QUEENSLAND trainer Ian Gurney finds himself in an enviable position leading into Saturday night’s Christmas Cup at Albion Park.
Gurney has two runners engaged in the feature, but is having trouble deciding which of his runners has a better chance of winning.
What makes the horseman’s position less difficult is the fact his pair could easily fill the quinella!
Gurney will contest the 2680-metre event with free-legged marvel Avonnova and in-form gelding Our Hi Jinx.
Successful at two of his last three starts, the son of Art Major has been kept fresh since his third in the Lord Mayors’ Cup a fortnight ago.
Triumphant in the Cup, Our Hi Jinx returned to capture last weekend’s Be Good Johnny Sprint.
“I couldn’t be happier with either of them,” Gurney said. “Jinx is in a real purple patch which has his confidence right up.
“Avonnova is just an old warhorse, which keeps soldiering on. He’s freshened right up since his last run and is in great shape for this.”
Avonnova has fared best of the stablemates and will begin from barrier five with Shane Graham in the cart.
Our Hi Jinx, which will once again be driven by talented young reinsman Leonard Cain, has drawn gate six.
“The draws are a little tricky, but not a major issue,” Gurney said. “Both are going well enough to win with the right run.”
For all his confidence, Gurney cites Ultimate Art as the one to beat from barrier four.
Ultimate Art was a handy fourth last weekend when first-up from a break.
- PAUL COURTS