SCOTTS Creek hobby trainer Anthony O’Connor hopes luck will be on his side at Dalvui Raceway in Terang tonight.
O’Connor, 48, has two starters in the seven-race meeting but both will start from the second row and face tricky tests.
He will drive four-year-old filly Susie Badland in race three, a mares-only pace over 1680 metres.
Five-year-old filly Roman Abbey will have young driver Kieran O’Keeffe in the sulky for race five, a C1 pace over 2180 metres.
O’Connor yesterday was not getting his hopes up but was confident of encouraging showings from both horses.
He said Susie Badland, which has had just three starts, was returning from a four-month lay-off after a cold struck her down leading into winter.
“In her first start she made a mistake and galloped near the start,” he said.
“The second start she wasn’t far away. She got held up a bit.
“She was sixth but she was only five or six metres behind the winner.
“The next start she had a cold and had to be turned out for a spell.
‘‘I’ve had to wait until she got over the cold.”
Susie Badland ran fourth in a trial at Terang last Sunday, which O’Connor said was encouraging.
“She’s drawn 10 so it’s going to be a little bit harder from that draw,’’ O’Connor said.
‘‘With a bit of luck she shouldn’t be too far away.”
Roman Abbey will have her ninth start since early July and has drawn gate nine.
Her preparation has delivered two wins and three minor placings.
“She’s a good each-way chance.
‘‘It’s a bit hard from the second row. You’ve got to get past a few horses,” O’Connor said.
“I’d be hoping she’ll be running on at the finish.”
O’Connor has four horses in work.
He has trained since 1995 and uses an 800-metre track on the family property.
He said training pacers and trotters was less demanding than training thoroughbreds, which made it accessible for dairy farmers like himself.
“A galloper, you need to be taking to the racetrack quite often, whereas I can train the trotters here at home,” he said.
“You might take them to trials to make sure they’re going OK, but you can do 95 per cent of the work at home.”
Race one is at 6.26pm, with the last event scheduled for 9.30pm.