Long Journey Home

Kempsey-owned seven-year-old galloper Long Journey Home is on trial for a Coffs Harbour Cup start at the mammoth 10-race TAB meeting for Taree-Wingham Race Club at Taree tomorrow (Friday).

The Neil Godbolt-trained gelding was a gallant second to Mossurmi in the $80,000 Coffs Harbour Cup two years ago and recent form suggests the galloper has retained some of that old form. But a start in next Thursday’s race depends on how well Long Journey Home goes in the McGrath Meats Benchmark 60 Handicap over 1614m at Taree on Friday.

“My horse will have to win to be assured of a place in the field and would have to run well for me to start him there,” said Godbolt.
Long Journey Home won the Grafton Cup Prelude before its second to the Sydney galloper in the cup two years ago and there is every indication that this year’s cup will be no stronger.

A syndicate of Kempsey owners, headed by Matt Brennan and Andrew Bennett, bought Long Journey Home at the sales about three years ago and the gelding has won seven races in 51 starts, four at tomorrow's distance and three of them at Taree to enhance its chances.

“I think my horse should run a decent race.”
Godbolt has dismissed Long Journey Home’s sixth last start as the gelding was in a speed battle up front before weakening over 1450m behind I’m Danny at Port.