Darci Be Good Begins Hawkesbury Gold Cup Campaign

Darci Be Good is scheduled to begin his spring racing carnival at Rosehill Racecourse tomorrow.

The five-year-old has not had a race start since finishing eighth in the $85,000 Kari Aboriginal Resources Handicap at the same track in February.

He will be looking to begin his spring campaign on a high when he lines up for the Listed Winter Challengeover 1,500 metres this weekend.

Darci Be Good & Strike The Stars

Darci Be Good (inside) will begin his Hawkesbury Gold Cup campaign in the Listed Winter Challenge at Rosehill tomorrow. Picture by Steve Hart.

The Darci Brahma gelding will be out to produce a promising performance as he heads towards the Hawkesbury Gold Cup at Hawkesbury on August 22.

The race has changed dates in order to allow it to be a lead-up race to the major provincial Cups in both Wyong and Newcastle in September.

Darci Be Good won last year’s addition of the race when it was run in November, and will attempt to defend his title despite the change in programming.

Trainer Bede Murray is hopeful that Darci Be Good will be at his best in time for the Group 3 feature later this month, which is worth $150,000 in prize money.

“Saturday will tell us where his fitness levels are,” Murray told AAP.

“He is a horse who has had a lot of problems over the years with his hind cannon bones and we have tried many different things and I think we have now got it right.

“He is a lean horse who doesn’t carry much excess weight so that is a help.

“I think he is pretty fit. He has had a couple of racecourse gallops at Kembla Grange so hopefully that has been enough.”

Darci Be Good has won four of his 22 race starts during his horse racing career and has earned more than $450,000 in prize money.

The galloper placed in the Group 2 Villiers Stakes and the Listed Tattersalls Club Cup following his Hawkesbury Gold Cup glory last season and has been in consistent form over the past 12 months.

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