VETERAN Camperdown trainer Ron Gravett hopes Hisstar can give him an overdue win in his home town cup this afternoon.
Gravett, who has won Terang, Mortlake, Penshurst and Colac cups during his 45-year training career, has never won the feature flat race at Camperdown.
“I’ve only had a handful of runners in the Camperdown Cup,” Gravett said.
“I reckon Dream Ruler ran second in the cup about 20 years ago. I’ve always wanted to win the Camperdown Cup. I suppose all trainers want to win their home town cup.
“Hisstar has the perfect record for me — one start for one win. I thought her win at Terang was very good. She’s improved since that win and the 1600 metres should be no worries.”
Gravett said Greg Eurell had trained Hisstar before he took over training duties.
“She’s appreciated coming to a small country stable,” he said. “She’s a very quirky mare. Let’s just say she has a filthy streak in her. We’ve put a lot of time into her. We’ve been able to do that because I’ve only got three horses in work. She needs a lot of attention.
“She’s got a good second-up record and carries no weight today.
“I’m quietly confident that she will run well. It would be a great thrill if I could win a Camperdown Cup.”
Hisstar had a 12-month break from the racetrack after she tore muscles in her chest following a run at Cranbourne in December 2011.
He believes the five-year-old mare would have matured with the long break.
The $20,000 Camperdown Cup will be run at 3.55pm today.