TEXAN Warney will be aiming for a remarkable fourth straight Horsham Cup win at Horsham and District Racing Club on Sunday.
The Darryl Dodson-trained galloper claimed a hat-trick of cups in 2010, 2011 and 2012, partnered each time by Horsham jockey Holly McKechnie.
Telopea Downs-based Dodson said Texan Warney would go into the $50,000 feature race with a relaxed preparation, after it ran seventh out of 13 in its last race on September 29 at the Gawler Cup.
“We need a miracle but we’re in with a chance,” he said.
Dodson said there would be nine tough horses in Texan Warney’s way of a historic four-peat, and believes Darren Weir-trained Bec Said No Credit would be hard to beat.
The four-year-old bay, to be ridden by Michelle Payne, has won three of its past five races, while placing in another.
Another one to watch will be 2012 Ballarat Cup winner King Diamond, who is trained by Warrnambool’s Jarrod McLean.
Orientaped is also in solid touch, with the Mark Primmer-trained eight-year-old gelding finishing runner-up in the Murtoa Cup on October 5.
Win or lose, Texan Warney will be honoured with Horsham and District Racing Club’s reserve dining marquee to be named after the eight-year-old gelding.
Sunday’s cup meeting will feature eight action-packed races, including the $50,000 Horsham Cup over 1800 metres.
There are plenty of activities off the track, with live music from Warracknabeal one-man act Skuzz at 1pm.
The fashions on the field will be a drawcard, with more than $3000 of prizes up for grabs.
Gates open at 11am, with the first race kicking off at 1.20pm.
Gate entry is $15 for adults, while children 17 and under will get in free when accompanied by an adult.
Organisers said prepaid tickets were still available online until Saurday at www.countryracing.com.au/horsham-district-racing-club.