One down, one to go for Canberra Cup winner Jacquinot Bay

Guy Walter
Guy Walter

CANBERRA Cup winner Jacquinot Bay is set to chase a slice of history in the Albury Gold Cup.

The Guy Walter-trained six-year-old could become the first galloper to win the lucrative double after capturing the Canberra feature on Sunday.

Walter said he now had his sights firmly set on Albury’s premier race on March 28.

“It’s definitely on the radar,” Walter said.

“He will be nominated and barring any problems will be there.

“I will probably nominate Canny Ballad for the cup as well.”

The $203,100 Canberra Cup win, with Kerrin McEvoy aboard, was the biggest of Jacquinot Bay’s career.

The in-form stayer boasts a winning strike rate of almost 50 per cent with eight wins and three minor placings from 18 starts and almost $400,000 in career earnings.

Stablemate Canny Ballad also has a consistent record of four wins and nine minor placings from 16 starts.

The four-year-old has finished runner-up in all three starts at Randwick and Warwick Farm since resuming from a spell last month.

The Canberra Cup was traditionally run in November before being switched to Black Opal Stakes day in March for the first time in 2012.

The Norm Gardner-trained Coliseo ran a slashing second in the Canberra Cup last year before also running second in the Albury Cup when beaten a nose by Niblick.

It will be the first time Walter has targeted the $170,000 Listed race.

Walter is best known for his success with superstar Tie The Knot and has 33 group 1 victories and over 120 stakes wins to his credit.