All hail Canadian Chief
THEY say lightning never strikes twice in the same place.
Try telling that to Caloundra trainer Hilary Dew.
In September’s Ulton Cup the Caloundra trainer entered five-year-old gelding Canadian Chief in back-to-back races.
And the southern speedster came up trumps on both occasions.
“He won by six lengths in one race and seven in the other,” Dew said yesterday.
“A lot of people reckon they would tire after the first race but they actually get better.”
It was a rare double by anyone’s standards.
But Dew is planning for a repeat feat when he returns to Bundaberg for Tuesday’s Melbourne Cup Race Day.
“I’m fairly confident, I don’t put my horses in races that I don’t think they will win,” he said.
Canadian Chief has been rested for the last month after suffering a minor injury while racing.
But his trainer believes he will be raring to go on his return to Bundaberg.
“He got a bit trampled by one of the horses in his other race but he’ll be ready to go come race day,” he said.
Canadian Chief is one of many horses travelling to Bundaberg next week to compete in the event.
Gympie trainer/jockey Desiree Gill said her stable chose Bundaberg over any other in Queensland to race Melbourne Cup Day.
“We always support the Bundaberg Racing Club over the years and make sure they have full fields because it’s a great day,” she said.
“Could go to Caloundra, or Gympie, but always choose Bundaberg.”
The race will also see a strong number of local horses competing for glory.
Six trainers from across the region have entered a total of 15 horses in the day’s five races.
Bundaberg Race Club president Rod Titterington said it was an encouraging sign for the industry.
“It’s good to see that number of local horses competing in the race day,” Titterington said.