The chance to again have his stable’s name etched on the Echuca Pacing Cup is well worth the across-state haul for Gary Barton, trainer and owner of cup hopeful Mustang Bart.
The Warrnambool resident will venture to the riverside trots town, where Saturday night’s $30,000 group three classic has attracted a cracking field amid a 10-race card.
“It would be five hours on a good day in a truck but we will have a crack at it,” Barton said.
“I won it many, many years ago with Another Bart but I haven’t been back there since.”
That cup win came in 1990.
Barton said he’d been waiting to get a horse good enough to have another tilt and, in Mustang Bart, he believes he may have just the ticket.
The four-year-old is a winner of nine of his 35 starts, with Echuca’s cup to be his sixth race at group level, attempts that have thus far produced two placings and an eye-catching fifth in the January 27 four-year-old bonanza.
“He went super and I think he’s got a really good chance in the race if you have a look at the sectionals,” he said.