CASINO trainer Neil Creighton has an excellent chance of winning the $25,000 Casino RSM Beef Week Cup (1400m) with After Baron today.
The five-year-old gelding with eight wins, 15 placings and $128,020 prizemoney to his credit, has had four runs at Casino for three wins, and his record at the track and distance - two from two.
"He loves racing at home," Creighton said.
"He's already won the Casino Cup (2013). It would be great to get the double."
After Baron is owned by a syndicate, which includes Creighton's daughter, Laura, and the McLennan family who hail from the Casino district.
The gelding was purchased unraced after Creighton saw him advertised on the internet.
He had previously trialled with Rodney Northam at Scone.
"It all started out as a bit of fun. Now it's turned into a lot of fun," Creighton said.
"He's a horse that tries hard all the time. That's what you want.
"He's been a very good horse to us. He's won in Brisbane and won a Casino Cup."
After Baron has had two runs from a 98-day break, both at Grafton.
He has been specifically aimed at the Beef Week Cup.
The gelding resumed with a win over 1220m in a Benchmark 70 event on May 5 then went under by a nose and short head when third to Howdiddydoit and Al Nova in a 1206m open handicap on May 23.
"Both his runs have been very good," Creighton said.
"It usually takes him a couple of runs to get warmed up but he started off straight away this campaign.
"He had a good blow after Grafton last start. He needed the run.
"His work since has been very good. I haven't done a lot with him but he's as right as I can get him."
After Baron will be ridden by 1.5kg-claiming apprentice Sam Payne, and will carry 54kg after the allowance.