The 33-year-old trainer had Pelerin in the final at Randwick two years ago but the horse suffered an injury in the race and was subsequently euthanised.
He saddled four runners in Sunday’s heat with Unbiased a dominant two length winner over the Jeremy Gask-trained Tim’s Principal who also gets a start in the final.
“Dad just loved that horse Pelerin. I’m a real softy and I’d never seen my Dad cry but when we were at Randwick Equine and we had to make the decision it was the only time,” Morgan told Sky Thoroughbred Central.
“I made a promise to myself, it mightn’t be with one of Mum and Dad’s, that I’m going to make sure I get back there one day.
“When I saw him at the 600 (metres) and he was tracking up behind them I said to Mum he’d be in the finish. It’s a dream come true. It means a lot.”
Unbiased has taken out the Tamworth Country @Championshipsrr qualifier and trainer Cody Morgan will head to @royalrandwick for the final @racing_nsw along with runner-up Tim’s Principal. pic.twitter.com/LHVSqscyeo
— Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) March 10, 2019
It also meant a lot to jockey Mitchell Bell who began his riding career the same day as Morgan.
Bell won the inaugural Country Championships Final on Artlee.
“Winning it for Cody means something because we started together and have a relationship going a long way back,” Bell said.
“When the scratchings came through and I knew I was coming out of (barrier) one it made my job so much easier.”
Morgan’s parents are in the ownership of Unbiased who is an ex-Godolphin horse who the trainer has had to manage carefully without racing him for nine months.
Under the conditions of the championship series, a horse must not have had more than 20 starts by the time it runs in a heat.
Morgan has kept him up to the mark with four barrier trials since January and trusted his eye he would be ready.