Cuba looks the one to beat

ON BOARD: Jockey Blake Shinn will ride Cuba for John Thompson.
ON BOARD: Jockey Blake Shinn will ride Cuba for John Thompson.

Fresh from taking out the Tibbie Stakes on Newcastle Cup day, Sydney trainer John Thompson will target Kembla Grange with promising colt Cuba on Sunday.

The three-year-old son of All Too Hard looks the one to beat in the Grand Pacific Metro and Provincial Maiden Handicap (1500m).

Cuba was tested in a Group 3 Up And Coming stakes earlier this preparation before finishing runner-up at Warwick Farm last start.

In-form jockey Blake Shinn will pilot the classy colt this weekend.

It comes after Thompson claimed the Tibbie with Zanbagh on Friday afternoon.

Zanbagh, a former winner of the Keith Nolan Classic in 2014, edged out Perfect Rhyme in a driving finish in the Group 3 feature.

Thompson was setting his sights high after the gutsy triumph.

“She is going to go to the Epsom now we so won’t change that plan,” he said.

Thompson also has runners in races 2,3,6 and 8 at Kembla.