CAMPERDOWN trainer Geoff Daffy is worried his galloper Me Hungi is slightly behind in his preparation for consecutive wins in the feature flat race today.
Daffy’s Me Hungi cannot be discounted in the $40,000 open handicap (1700m), especially after last year’s victory.
“He might be one run behind,” Daffy said yesterday.
“I would have liked to have another run under his belt before this race.”
But the five-year-old gelding enters the event off the same preparation as last year, having had two starts after a spell. While Me Hungi was second in the Elmore Cup (1600m) before winning at Warrnambool last year, he won the Elmore Cup at his last start on April 12.
“He’s pretty good,” Daffy said.
“But I don’t think he’s 100 per cent there (compared with last year).”
The veteran trainer said he had set Me Hungi for the open handicap.
“This was definitely a focus,” he said.
“But we have options down the line, probably the Winter Plate if he’s up to that. The whole thing about winning races is that every other bastard is trying to win them as well.”
Daffy said the 12-horse field looked even, with no standout.
In early betting yesterday, the TAB had Me Hungi on the second line of fixed odds betting at $5.50.
South-west trainers have a strong hand in the event with five runners.
The Warrnambool father-and-son training combination of Bill and Symon Wilde has two strong chances with Hinchley Wood and Lord Wimble.