Tasmanian trainer Aiden Nunn believes Hype is ‘nicely suited’ for Rocky Cup.

Published 8 July 2024

Tasmanian trainer Aiden Nunn believes Hype is ‘nicely suited’ for Rocky Cup.

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Tasmanian horseman Aiden Nunn loves nothing better than following the sun to Queensland each winter.

This week the thoroughbred trainer is hopeful the sun will shine on his stable as he prepares to tackle the $150,000 TAB Rockhampton Cup on Saturday at Callaghan Park. Nunn, a professional polo player known for playing the national circuit has been “wintering” in the sunshine state each year for a few years now, basing himself and his horses in Beaudesert, in the Brisbane Gold Coast corridor.

This year will be the third time he has considered the Rocky Cup as a winter goal and has a genuine hope in six-year-old, Hype. A former Irish galloper Hype is looking for the sun and desperately needs to dodge wet tracks. “I will look at the weights and the nominations and make up my mind, but I am better than 50/50 to come,” Nunn said today. “I have nominated a horse for the Rocky Cup that two years but twice rain has prevented me from heading north. “I’ve also got Hype nominated in Brisbane on Saturday, but the rain is still hanging around so if all falls to plan and I can find a suitable jockey, we will head up to Rockhampton, the day before the race.”

Thirty-six-year-old Nunn said Hype would be nicely suited in Rocky. A gelding by Siyouni from Eavesdrop by Galileo, Hype has won five races so far including two races at Doomben last winter. He has also won races at Leopardstown and Dundalk in Ireland and the Sheffield Cup at Devonport, Tasmania. Hype’s best form has been over the 1600m Rocky Cup trip and performs best on good tracks. At his last start, a month ago, Hype finished fourth at Doomben in a Class 6 Handicap (1615m), carrying 60kg. “He was a gallop short of winning that day, he won’t be short of fitness this week, “Nunn said.

In other Cup news, Queensland’s premier trainer Tony Gollan is drawing on his roots of country racing with a strong team of gallopers set to descend on Callaghan Park for the two-day Carnival. Gollan’s team will chase the lucrative $20,000 Trainer Bonus with the 10-time championship-winning stable to have runners in most races on Friday and Saturday.

The $100,000 One Syndications Rockhampton Newmarket Handicap and the $150,000 TAB Rockhampton Cup are raced on Friday and Saturday and Gollan plans on starting multiple runners each day. The trainer with the most wins over the two-day Rockhampton carnival receives a $20,000 bonus from the Rockhampton Jockey Club, which Gollan is keen to take home after winning it in previous years. Gollan will have Ef Troop and Rockribbed in the 1300m Newmarket, a race that has eluded him on previous trips to Callaghan Park, and he will be represented in the 1600m Rockhampton Cup by Rising Pacific and Devastate. 

By RJC CEO, David Aldred.

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