James McNamara is hoping Hornets' Nest can take out its second Coleraine Cup on Sunday

EYES ON THE PRIZE: Trainer James McNamara hopes Hornets' Nest can take out its second Coleraine Cup on Sunday.

EYES ON THE PRIZE: Trainer James McNamara hopes Hornets' Nest can take out its second Coleraine Cup on Sunday.

Koroit galloper Hornets' Nest will try to win his second Coleraine Cup in four years when he lines up in the $30,000 race on Sunday.

Trainer James McNamara said this year's cup is a tougher task than 2012 for Hornets' Nest, but he believes the nine-year-old is up to the challenge.

"We haven't had a run since the Lafferty Hurdle in July but there is no problem with his fitness," the Koroit milk bar owner said.

"This year's field is stronger than 2012.

“I've given Hornets' Nest four flat jump outs over 900 metres and one hurdle school over 2400 metres. He's feeling a million dollars."

McNamara sees no problems for Hornets' Nest drawing barrier 13 in the 1800-metre race and using claiming apprentice Melissa Julius in a non-claiming race.

"Hornets' Nest drew barrier 11 of 11 when he won the cup back in 2012," he said.

"He sat three-wide for the trip back in 2012 and was too good.

“I suppose he's a few years older but the old bloke has a bit of ability.

“I've got no problems giving Melissa the ride in a non-claiming race. She rides really well but does not get the opportunities she deserves."

Jumps fans will be well catered for with four jumps races on the eight-event program.

The feature is the $30,000 Great Western Steeplechase attracting nine starters including Danzadoozie and Mannertone.

The first race a maiden hurdle is scheduled to start at 12.40 pm while the Coleriane Cup will be run at 4.08pm. 

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