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Garsztka hopeful Cop A Nip can overcome wide barrier at Queanbeyan

Queanbeyan trainer Zyg Garsztka has just two horses in work, enough to "make me get out of bed".

And while both runners will be in action on his home track on Monday, he's far more bullish about Cop A Nip's chances than Danzest. 

Horses head into the straight at Queanbeyan race course last month.
Horses head into the straight at Queanbeyan race course last month.  Photo: Jay Cronan

Cop A Nip came from last to win its last start at Moruya a fortnight ago, and may have to do so again after drawing barrier 16 in a 16-horse field for the Benchmark 55 Handicap (55 metres).

A $6 chance, the five-year-old stormed home down the outside to beat the Greg Backhouse-trained Raise The Ante by a length. 

The two horses meet again at Queanbeyan and Garsztka said he would leave the decision on whether to go back again from a bad gate to experienced jockey Jeff Penza. 

"I've only got a couple of horses and I always have, I just have a couple to make me get out of bed," Garsztka said. 

"I can't fault him, he hasn't missed an oat and is working well but he's got a bad gate. 

"He has improved since last prep and we meet Backhouse's horse a kilo-and-a-half better off. 

"He needs some luck and a good run, he doesn't like being impeded. 

"I'll leave the decision [on where he races] to Penza, that's why you put those good hoops on."

Penza will also ride Danzest in the three-year-old maiden plate, but Garsztka doesn't rate him a strong winning hope. 

The first race in the seven-race card is scheduled for 1.48pm.