BERISHA will give top trainer John Sadler his second Colac Cup victory if the six-year-old can win the $50,000 race on Sunday.
Sadler, who trained and lived in Colac from 1976 to 1986 before establishing himself as one of Victoria’s leading trainers in Melbourne, scored his first Colac Cup win with Skilero in the mid-1990s.
He said another win would be special.
“I’ve got fond memories of living and training in Colac for 10 years,” he said.
“It’s Berisha’s first start for me. He’s got a tough task because he’s got to lump 62.5kgs but he’s deserved the weight.
“He’s a nice type of horse. Berisha’s first-up effort behind Morton’s Fork was very good. I would love to win another Colac Cup.”
Sadler, who was born in Terang, said he was disappointed he would not be at Colac’s feature race meeting for the year on Sunday.
“I’ve got commitments with other owners at my stables at Caulfield,” he said.
“It’s a shame I will not be there as I always loved Colac Cup Day. It’s always a great day out but I’ll be keeping a close eye on the television for the race.
“Following his Colac Cup run, I think I’ll send Berisha over for a start in the Launceston Cup.”
Berisha is a $3 chance for the 2000-metre race in early betting markets.
The Colac Cup is scheduled to be run at 4.45pm.