Out Of Sprite Returns For Hometown Goulburn Cup

VICTORIAN trainer Ashlee Terry heads off first thing Tuesday morning with in-form sprinter Out Of Sprite in a bid to win a Goulburn Cup.

David Brasch

19 October 2020

VICTORIAN trainer Ashlee Terry heads off first thing Tuesday morning on an eight and a half hour trip with slick sprinter Out Of Sprite in a bid to win a hometown Group 3 Goulburn Cup.

Out Of Sprite (Magic Sprite-Jenneke) has drawn the rails in a heat of the Goulburn Cup (440m) and rates as one of the hot chances in the series with six wins from his past seven starts.

But, Ashlee will not be at Goulburn. She will instead meet the dog’s former trainer Shane Pulbrook on the border and he will then handle Out Of Sprite for the Cup.

Shane, his partner Megan Yeo, and son Reece all are involved in the dog.

“Yes, it is a bit of a hike, but this dog is a beautiful traveller and he knows the track so well having been broken in there,” said Ashlee.

Out Of Sprite was initially trained by Shane for seven wins at Nowra, Goulburn and Bulli before Ashlee was approached to take him over with the Group 3 Healesville Cup his mission.

The dog made that final but had no luck behind Zambora Lou. Apart from that run, he has not been beaten for Ashlee.

“He wants the fence for sure,” said Ashlee of the dog’s Cup heat chances.

“But I have never been to Goulburn and I’m told the red is not a good box if the dog does not begin well. But, he is normally a reliable beginner.”

Ashlee will be waiting on the border again to take Out Of Sprite back to her Nilma North kennels on Tuesday night.

“The final will be run on Sunday so it will be a quick turnaround if he does make it through,” said Ashlee.

“But, fortunately he is a beautiful traveller.”

She said the dog was improving with every run she had given him and she had noticed his strength was building each time as well.

“He is certainly the quickest dog I have ever put around Warragul,” she said.

The Cup series has attracted some outstanding speedsters with Jodie Lord represented by 11 runners.

Another headline attraction is 2019 Million Dollar Chase winner Good Odds Harada.

“It is a great series,” said Ashlee. “There is a lot more depth to the heats than I would have thought.”