TOOWOOMBA trainer Michael Nolan has won plenty of big races on the Darling Downs but he will on Saturday launch his first tilt at a Roma Cup victory.
Nolan will saddle up a runner at Roma's Bassett Park for the first time tomorrow when Blow A Kiss lines up in the $50,000 XXXX Gold Roma Cup (1640m).
Blow A Kiss came close to claiming a country cup earlier this spring when second to Zed Horse in last month's Warwick Cup and then went on to run a tough third at Eagle Farm a fortnight ago.
That run and the prize money of offer in the Roma Cup prompted Nolan to head west with his gelding.
Nolan says Blow A Kiss has been in good form but knows it will be a hard-fought race, especially as the six-year-old will jump from barrier 11 with Adam Best on board.
Also in the Roma Cup field are defending winner Dancefloor Prodigy for home-town trainer Craig Smith and Toowoomba Cup winner Musashi of Mieko.
"It will be a very, very competitive race but if he gets over from his bad gate he should go alright," Nolan said.
"He's weighted good but the 11 alley makes it a bit harder."
Meanwhile, Toowoomba trainer Ducky Baker has opted to run Jet Style at Eagle Farm on Saturday and not at Roma.
"He's running in Brisbane. The prize money is slightly better but he's got less weight there," Baker told the Racing Queensland website.
"I love going to country meetings and the Roma Cup is one of the few country Cup meetings I haven't won.
"Unfortunately, you can't claim in the Roma Cup so it meant he'd have to carry 59kgs whereas he's only got 54kgs in Brisbane."
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