WARRNAMBOOL trainers will launch an attack on today’s $35,000 Port Fairy Cup at Warrnambool racecourse.
Trainers Bill and Symon Wilde, Matthew Williams and Jarrod McLean have starters in the 1400-metre race being run for just the second time in more than 40 years.
The Wildes will saddle up topweight Constant Force, fresh from a last-start win in the Ballan Cup at Geelong on November 10.
Handicappers have handed the six-year-old frontrunner 60.5 kilograms, but having claiming apprentice jockey Damien Thornton on board will ease the load.
Five-year-old Lord Wimble also comes from the Wildes’ stable and enters the race on the back of four runs in Melbourne since October 17.
Williams has bottom-weight Forever Here with Daniel Moor aboard.
McLean’s hopes rest with Scaredymac, a last-start winner over 1250m in Adelaide. Jamie Mott has the ride.
Part-owner Anthony Hussey said he was buoyed by the Adelaide run but would not get over-confident about the gelding’s chances.
“He won first-up in Adelaide,” the Warrnambool resident said.
“He’s a pretty honest horse. He’s won eight races now and run a fair few placings.
“He’s drawn an awkward gate tomorrow (11), but he’ll ride him quiet and hope for a bit of luck.
“The main danger is probably Regalmania, I would’ve thought, and Constant Force.”
Regalmania has placed twice in four starts since resuming in September, including a second at Flemington on November 10.
The Brendan McCarthy-trained six-year-old has drawn barrier two and has Dean Yendall onboard.