Warrnambool trainers head Port Fairy Cup attack

WARRNAMBOOL trainers will launch an attack on today’s $35,000 Port Fairy Cup at Warrnambool racecourse.

Trainers Bill and Symon Wilde, Matthew Williams and Jarrod McLean have starters in the 1400-metre race being run for just the second time in more than 40 years.

The Wildes will saddle up topweight Constant Force, fresh from a last-start win in the Ballan Cup at Geelong on November 10.

Handicappers have handed the six-year-old frontrunner 60.5 kilograms, but having claiming apprentice jockey Damien Thornton on board will ease the load.

Five-year-old Lord Wimble also comes from the Wildes’ stable and enters the race on the back of four runs in Melbourne since October 17.

Williams has bottom-weight Forever Here with Daniel Moor aboard.

McLean’s hopes rest with Scaredymac, a last-start winner over 1250m in Adelaide. Jamie Mott has the ride.

Part-owner Anthony Hussey said he was buoyed by the Adelaide run but would not get over-confident about the gelding’s chances.

“He won first-up in Adelaide,” the Warrnambool resident said.

“He’s a pretty honest horse. He’s won eight races now and run a fair few placings.

“He’s drawn an awkward gate tomorrow (11), but he’ll ride him quiet and hope for a bit of luck.

“The main danger is probably Regalmania, I would’ve thought, and Constant Force.”

Regalmania has placed twice in four starts since resuming in September, including a second at Flemington on November 10.

The Brendan McCarthy-trained six-year-old has drawn barrier two and has Dean Yendall onboard.

Scaredymac is Jarrod McLean’s sole chance in today’s Port Fairy Cup.

Scaredymac is Jarrod McLean’s sole chance in today’s Port Fairy Cup.


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