TRAINER Terry O’Sullivan concedes he’s only a rough chance of training his fifth Hamilton Cup winner on Saturday.
O’Sullivan, who has previously trained Ice Doctor (two wins), Mystery Adventure and Bunchlock to victories in the $60,000 race, accepted with Dandy Gent in the feature event on the eight race program.
“The Hamilton Cup has always been a good race for the stable,” the Stawell-based trainer said.
“We’ve won it four times and had numerous placings. It’s going to be a tough task for Dandy Gent to get the money. I think he will improve from his last run in the Coleraine Cup. We’ve put the tongue tie on for the first time.
“I’m just hopeful the horse can get back into a bit of form. We’ve got no big plans for him over the spring. We’ll just see how he runs on Saturday before making any plans.
“It looks like Darren Weir has all the aces in the race. He’s got four runners and his stable is really firing.”
Apprentice jockey Michael Poy has been booked to ride Dandy Gent in the race. The seven-year-old, who has won four races from 45 starts is rated a $41 hope in the early betting markets.
The Hamilton Cup is scheduled to commence at 4.05pm, with the first race listed to begin at 1.01pm.