CONSISTENT Mount Gambier galloper Feeling Invincible can win the second leg of a lucrative three cup series when he runs in the $35,000 Woodford Cup at Warrnambool tomorrow, according to his trainer Michael O’Leary.
Feeling Invincible won the Port Fairy Cup on December 5 and the respected trainer is confident the six-year-old can win tomorrow and go on to run in the Koroit Cup at Warrnambool on January 5.
“We’ll take it one step at a time, but I can’t fault how Feeling Invincible is going,” O’Leary said.
“I thought his win in the Port Fairy Cup was an excellent effort.
“He jumps up in distance from 1400 metres to 1700m, but I don’t think that will be a problem. I’ve done plenty of work with him since his Port Fairy Cup win.
“It’s three weeks since his last run but that does not worry me. The horse is very fit.
“He’s got a great record at Warrnambool and should be hard to beat.”
O’Leary revealed after Feeling Invincible scored an impressive victory in the Port Fairy Cup that the horse was a bad float traveller.
But the trainer is hopeful that issue will not surface tomorrow.
“He would be the worst travelling horse I have trained. He just hates being in the float,” O’Leary said.
“We’ll just give ourselves plenty of time to make the trip from Mount Gambier to Warrnambool.
“It’s just a shame that he has the problem in the float.
“I reckon he would have won a lot more than the eight races he has won during his career.
“We’ll run in the Woodford Cup and if everything is all right I would love to back him up in the Koroit Cup.”
Warrnambool’s Wilde stable will be represented by topweight Lord Wimble and bottomweight Hinchley Wood in the feature race.
Trainer Symon Wilde said both horses should run well.
“Lord Wimble ran well in town the other day. I thought he was really unlucky,” he said.
“We’re just extending him out in distance now. Our long term aim is to run him in races over 2000m to 2400m.
“He should be suited by the 1700m of the Woodford Cup.
“Hinchley Wood ran second in the Woodford Cup last year. He’s been building up in distance.
“I think he might be a lightweight hope chance.
“Me Hungi, Zabisco and Macedonian must also be rated chances in a tough race.”
The Woodford Cup is race six on the eight-race program.