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Australian Bloodstock have Cox Plate and Melbourne Cup dreams this spring but it will be Coffs Harbour’s feature in their crosshairs come Thursday afternoon.

The prominent syndicators will launch a two-pronged attack at the Coffs Harbour Gold Cup (1600m) when imports Hallelujah Boy and Mr Garcia tackle the $150,000 event.

It comes less than 72 hours after another Australian Bloodstock galloper officially got the call-up for Cox Plate.

German Group I winner Danceteria, a $10 Cox Plate elect with TAB.com.au, is bound for Melbourne after being invited to run in the race by the Moonee ValleyRacing Club.

Australian Bloodstock are also set to have a number of imports targeting ‘the race that stops a nation’, including Torcedor and Shraaoh, but have Hallelujah Boy and Mr Garcia chasing more Cup glory on the NSW mid-North Coast.

The Kris Lees trained Hallelujah Boy is $7.50 with TAB.com.au while Mr Garcia is $12 to claim the feature.

“It depends how wet the track gets but on their day they are both capable of winning the race,” Australian Bloodstock’s Jamie Lovett said.

“They both like the cut in the track it is just that one is first-up and one is coming off a bit of a freshen up so they are probably vulnerable if the track is bottomless with the big weights.

“They are both drawn soft and should be there or thereabouts.”

Hallelujah Boy has been given a two month freshen up following the Japanese import’s best Australian preparation which saw him win the Listed Tails Stakes and finish third in the Group II Hollindale Stakes (1800m) in Queensland.

“He had a great prep up in Queensland but had a little issue with the foot so had to back off him,” Lovett said.

“He isn’t screwed right down yet so hopefully he has that good residual fitness coming from Brisbane.”

Mr Garcia is having his first start for Lees after transferring from Darren Weir.

The Paco Boy gelding hasn’t raced since finished last over 2040m at Moonee Valley last October but has had two quiet trials heading into Cup.

“Mr Garcia is a bit of an unknown,” Lovett said. “He is the best horse in the race for mine but his he is probably just (unknown).

“His trials have been OK without being great so he just might need the run.”

Recent Sydney winner Agent Pippa is also set to make a surprise appearance at Coffs in the Eagles Plumbing The Blinkan Missit Showcase Handicap (800m) where she will carry 62.5kgs.

“If she jumps clean I would say she would be hard to beat but over 800m you don’t want to be too slow away,” Lovett said.

“We won’t knock her around. She obviously has her bigger targets with races like the Toy Show, which is a the Group III race later in August.”

Agent Pippa is a $1.70 favourite in the opener.

This story originated from racenet.com.au

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