$600 in Bonus Bets
Get your first bet matched with up to $600 in bonuses*
$500 Bonus Bet
Sign-up, deposit $500 & receive $500 in bonus bets. That's $1000 to bet with!*
$500 Matched Deposit
Sign-up and get your first deposit matched with up to $500 in bonus bets*
Deposit $250, Bet with $550
Sign-up, deposit $250 & receive $300 in bonus bets. That's $550 to bet with!*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly

A year after finishing second with After All That, trainer Rod Northam and jockey Robert Thompson have another chance to win the rich Country Championships Final at Randwick with My Tagoson.

My Tagoson, like After All That 12 months ago, earned his spot in Saturday’s $500,000 race via the Wild Card race at Muswellbrook last Sunday.

Saturday’s Country Championships Final (1400m) is the fourth edition and Scone-based Northam has had a runner every year.

Voodoo Lad was third as favourite in the inaugural running in 2015 with James McDonald aboard while After All That snuck into the 2016 race but finished last, again with McDonald aboard.

My Tagoson is no stranger to winning at Randwick, registering two victories from three attempts at the track in Highway handicaps last year.

Saturday’s race has been a long-range target.

“We planned this out five or six months ago and we’ve got him there through the wild card,” Northam said.

“We did the same thing with After All That last year and he ran second in the Final. So we’re hoping for a similar result if we can.”

My Tagoson was eighth, beaten less than two lengths, in the qualifying heat won by Suncraze at Scone two starts ago before again coming from last in the Wild Card to grab second and secure a place in the Final.

“His sectionals were great last start, as they were at Scone the start before,” Northam said.

“Hopefully they run along up front and turn it into a bit like a mile race.

“And if they do then he’ll be hitting the line hard.

“It’s a tough race and there’s lots of chances. There looks to be a few of them that will go forward and if it is a high-pressure race, a few of them might be found wanting at the end and I’m pretty confident my guy will be really strong through the line.”

Thompson has ridden more winners than any other Australian jockey and is an icon of country racing, so it would be fitting if he was able to take out the Final.

“I was rapt that he wanted to stick with the horse and I know it would be super for him to win it,” Northam said.

“There has been a little bit of conjecture that maybe the city jockeys shouldn’t be allowed to ride in the race, but it would be really good if a country jockey could win it.”

Deposit $50, Bet with $250
Sign-up, deposit $50 & receive $200 in bonus bets. That's $250 to bet with!*
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
  • DEPOSIT $500
    start betting
  • first bet
    up to
  • DEPOSIT $50
    start betting
  • DEPOSIT $250
    start betting
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Featured News

Over $5,000 in Bonus Free Bets

Just Horse Racing provides readers with the best Free Bet offers available at every online bookmaker in Australia during the...

Filly left ‘traumatised’ after sickening sex act

A New South Wales man could be released from jail as early as next week after being found guilty to...

Single Gaze set to step out for new stable

As anticipation grows in the lead-up to Winx’s appearance in a barrier trial, her trainer Chris Waller is keen to...

$1.3m The Kosciuszko race announced

Country-trained horses will compete for their own version of The Everest with a $1.3-million race on the same day in...

Jameka a step closer to miraculous comeback

Jameka has taken another step on her way to a return to the racetrack with a gallop between races at...

Champion stallion dies after breaking leg

At the height of his powers and with a full book of mares to cover this spring, Hinchinbrook has died...

Copyright © 2018 Just Horse Racing.
All rights reserved - Privacy Policy

Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.