Tamworth previews: Todd Howlett’s iron horse Two Big Fari is not to be messed with

Put a wall in front of Two Big Fari and he’ll run through it.

And he’ll need all of his will to win when he contests the $200,000 Tamworth Cup (1400m) on Friday.

The five-year-old has drawn barrier 16 in the capacity field but his trainer Todd Howlett hasn’t given up hope.

“He’s come along well and gets in with a good weight (56.5kg),” Howlett said.

“The barrier makes it hard but he’ll go forward and look for some luck. Sometimes he draws in good and it doesn’t suit him.

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Tough gelding Two Big Fari will be hard to beat in the Tamworth Cup. Photo: Grant GuySource:The Daily Telegraph

“He’s that type of momentum horse where he’s better drawn out wide so he can go and sit outside the leader.”

And if he gets the luck in the first part of the race, expect him to give the other favoured runners in the race a stern test all the way to the line.

“You think he’s gone and he’ll just keep going,” Howlett said.

“In track work, you work him with a maiden and he’ll get his head in front and just wait. It worried me early on. He only does what he has to do in his track work but he does it when it counts.

“He’s a very tough horse. He’d be one of the toughest I’ve ever had. It’s a competitive race and Wren’s Day has been racing well and Total Recall has been going good too.”

Two Big Fari will ultimately aim for the $1.3 million Kosciuszko in the spring at Randwick and Howlett is planning on showcasing him in the months leading up to the race.

“I think there’s some nice races for him in Sydney in the winter and we’re just running him to make sure (he gets a Kosciuszko spot). I think he’s already earned a spot in the race,” he said.

Makana is another top chance for the Howlett stable in the last race.

She’s putting together a good record and has won or placed in four of her past five races.

Mikayla Weir is looking to maintain her unbeaten record on Two Big Fari. Photo: Jenny Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“She’s in a tough race but she’s a filly that I really like and so does Aaron who has a good record on her,” Howlett said.

“She’s probably my best winning chance on the day.”

Lily’s Lolly is having her second run in the third race and despite getting a wide gate she’s an improved filly since running 11th on debut at Wellington.

“She can really gallop and she’s shown me plenty. She’s got a lot of speed and trialled well,” Howlett said.

Scorched Land either wins of runs nowhere but is coming off a victory and Howlett is keen to see him over 2100m.

“He’s got to put two together now,” he said.

“He’s been a bit frustrating but I think he’s going to be a nice stayer. He’ll be a good horse over the distance and he’s got to step up in this race.”

Wanna Tweet has also built a fair record heading into the fifth race and gets a few things in her favour despite the awkward gate.

“She drops in weight and the blinkers on for the first time might just help her,” Howlett said.

“I think she’s a go-forward horse and will always be up on the speed. She’s honest enough and I think she’ll be competitive.”

SOLAR READY TO BURN FOR SINCLAIR

She’s the horse Peter Sinclair thought he’d never train again but now he’s trying to make the most out of his next chapter with Solar Panel.

After winning races with the now six-year-old, she was transferred to Nick Walsh’s Queensland yard for four starts.

And she’s back at Moree under Sinclair now and came into his yard off a win at Rockhampton.

“I’m happy to have her back after she went up north,” Sinclair said.

“I thought she was going to race up there for a while then get sold but she’s found her way back here.

“She’s been a good little mare for us after we got her off one of those digital sales and she was pretty cheap.”

Sinclair said Solar Panel hasn’t missed a beat since coming back to him and after a few missed starts, he finally gets to run her at Tamworth in a Benchmark 66 Handicap (1200m).

Clayton Gallagher will partner Solar Apex for trainer Peter Sinclair. Photo: Dan Peled/AAP ImageSource:AAP

“She’s been going well since she came back and her work has been good. It’s a hard race and she’ll have to be at her very best to win it but we’re in with a shot,” he said.

“We’ve had her in a few places but they’ve been washed out.”

And he won’t be messing around with a tongue tie that was put on before her last run and Clayton Gallagher will push forward from gate three.

“I’ve left it on. Nick Walsh thought she needed it and she won with it last start so how do you take it off,” Sinclair said.

“We’ll definitely be positive from the gate. You want to be at Tamworth.”

“I’d like to see her in third on the fence around the home turn and with a bit of luck she’ll get a run and try her best. She’ll be competitive.

“We’ll run her here and keep her going, run by run. Her work has been good and things are positive.”

Sinclair is hoping for another scratching so Boom Rocker gets a run in the same race.

“She’s been going well. She’s out wide which is a hard place to win from at Tamworth but there’s nothing wrong with what she’s been doing,” he said.

Originally published asTamworth previews: Fari ready to fire in Cup

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