The Kym Hann stable is in for a busy weekend with three of the stable’s stars set to hit the track, headed by reigning Bendigo Horse of the Year Glenrowan Prince.
Glenrowan Prince is bound for the $400,000 Group 2 Schillaci Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield. The horse has won two unofficial trials in the lead-up to Saturday’s race, the more recent on Tuesday morning, with Luke Nolen set to take the ride.
“I really think he’s going better than last preparation,” Hann said this week.
“It’s really the only starting point to kick him off and I’d be over the moon if he wasn’t beaten far and finishing midfield.”
A 1200-metre race at The Valley on Manikato Stakes night will lead into the seven-year-old’s main goal, the lucrative China Bowl at Ararat on November 11.
Hann’s South Australian specialist All About Nicci will have her final race start this Saturday, either at Morphettville or Caulfield.
“Her run in the stakes race last start was meant to be her last but she went so well we’re going to give her one more run,” he said. “She’s flying. I really can’t fault her.”
All About Nicci has won $122,208 with six wins, including two this year in Adelaide, from 23 starts. Her connections plan to breed her to Magnus after Saturday’s run.
Hann’s strongest chance might come on Sunday when the stable makes the seven-hour trip to Hamilton with last-start Flemington runner-up Like to Think So for the Grand Handicap, with Dylan Dunn to ride.
“He was first time in blinkers and first time down the straight at Flemington but he’s come on from that run and will be very hard to beat,” Hann said.
Mick Sell walked home a happy man on Wednesday after saddling Penny to Sell for a home-track victory in the $30,000 Bet365 BM70 Handicap (1300m) at odds of $151.
It was the first time in her 49-start career that the seven-year-old has won first up, and the first time she’s placed over 1300 metres.
She now has eight wins and $174,326 in prizemoney.
Ridden by Harry Grace on Wednesday after Sell’s apprentice Jess Philpot took a tumble at trackwork that morning, the daughter of Pentire settled just off a hot speed and peeled out at the top of the straight to overrun Josephine Sea and fellow local Savaju by a half-length.
“We were just using it for a run but we’ll take it,” Sell said.
Sell admitted his wife had a wager at the big odds, and it’s worth noting the mare’s managing owner is the 3 Legged Quaddie Syndicate. Punters were feeling their pain after One More Try ($3.70), Ringerdingding ($1.90) and Not an Ambiturner ($5.50) had won the first three legs.
Penny To Sell is now on a country-cups path.
Banks eyes Bendigo
Sutton Grange trainer Paul Banks is daring to dream, aiming his recent acquisition Rex Bell at the 2018 Bendigo Cup.
The son of Dubawi, formerly trained by Chris Waller, began his career in Europe.
He has had three runs with Banks for two placings.
Rex Bell cost $14,500 in an online auction and is raced by a group of businessmen Banks put together.
Congratulations to Leigh Newton and his team at the Echuca Racing Club for pulling together last Saturday’s Gunbower Cup transfer meeting at such short notice.
There was a solid crowd in attendance and the day ran smoothly. The first two races of the day went the way of Echuca locals Tayne Davies and Gwenda Johnstone, while Gunbower trainer John Pearson was put at no disadvantage by the transfer, with his runner King’s Hand saluting.