The Sportsbet Hotham is back.
The race for battlers where the lesser light horses and trainers, who still work and ply their trade just as hard as any of the silver tails of the industry, do battle trying to win Victoria’s richest Maiden race.
Like any of the big races this Saturday, punters will be trying to find a winner.
Here’s a look at the runners for tomorrow’s $75,000 race and we wish them all luck.
ALL THE WINE ($4.20 favourite)
Had a tough run at Wellington last start when fifth. Wide throughout and speared wider on the turn. Gets back, but long straight will suit. Dean Yendall to ride is a definite plus.
Finished second in this race last year and has also had a couple more minor placings in 22 starts since. Worked home late at Benalla and is fitter for three runs from a spell. Will go to pony club at the end of his career, which could be Saturday if he can win.
HENRY’S AFFAIR ($17)
Bought specifically for this race by Top Swan Hill trainer Nathan Hobson. Was placed metro’ midweek in Brisbane early in career, but all downhill since. By all reports working well and wasn’t far away at Sunshine Coast two starts back. Multiple gear changes also.
IT’S GOT LIP ($26)
Had first run for 10 months when last in Swan Hill Maiden (975m). Showed speed early, but stopped just as quickly. Blinkers go on and fitter for the run.
Should be right in this if can repeat last start when resumed for 4th in Gosford Mdn (1100m) in soft going. Raced just behind the speed and will be a lot fitter for the run. In well with 3kg claim, but wide barrier is a concern.
STREET PRINCE ($11)
Tough to make a case for this six-year-old. His most recent placing was August last year and drops from 2100m to 1200m, he’s fresh, but still a big ask.
BEAU DAZZLE ($41)
Finished eighth in this race last year and unplaced in 14 starts since. This eight-year-old mare had an issue with her rump. Trainer Dean Boal treated and he is confident of an improved showing. She has finished last in her past four runs so she only has to beat one home for him to be right.
BRAVE LADY ($34)
Her one placing, in 26 starts, came on heavy going in April last year. She was well beaten at Geelong in two runs since a spell. This easier.
COSTANO MILLE ($41)
This mare’s best runs have been over much longer distance. She resumes from a spell after failing to finish in two runs over jumps. If they go quick early, which is probably highly unlikely, she should be powering home.
DANUBE DELTA ($7.00)
Her five career placings have been in races at 1400m and beyond. This is easiest opposition she has met and could run a race while fresh.
MENTAL AS ANYTHING ($5.50)
Rookie trainer Josh Sweeney purchased this six-year-old mare specifically for this race. She has 13 placings and has been close up in a couple of races. Fairytales happen and from the good draw she is in the mix.
Stablemate of the topweight All The Wine. Trialled twice and latest was a nice effort when given soft trial at Bathurst. This distance probably not her best, but she is fresh and winkers will sharpen. Wide gate shouldn’t trouble as she will get back.
Gave in quickly after racing three wide throughout when resuming in Rockhampton. That was first run since November 2016, so might need this.
Has failed to flatter in two runs from a spell. Gets back in longer races than this so might struggle to stay in touch.
DYLAN’S STAR ($41)
This gelding has two placings to his credit this year, but was never in the picture when resumed at Scone.
CAN GET A WITNESS ($41)
Will find this much easier than last start at Sandown when distanced. Three career placing have all been over longer trips.
Best: Rosamond. Dangers: Pujols, All The Wine.