Gardiner represented in all events
HORSE RACING: Highly successful Bundaberg trainer Darryl Gardiner will be represented in all five events on the gala Melbourne Cup Race Day at Thabeban Park, including with multiple runners in two of them.
He will saddle up Craiglea Faith in the Class B, Dinero Rapido (open handicap), Twogundan and We Will Rock (Class 5) and Get Ditty With It (Class 2).
Gardiner also has three acceptors for the maiden, with May and Craiglea Kia certain to line up, but he said Hard to Handle was a "very doubtful starter".
The astute mentor is more hopeful than confident of winning a couple of events.
"I won't know until the races are run," Gardiner said.
Dinero Rapido resumed from a three-month spell when second over 850m in Gladstone nine days ago, and his overall record is good, but Gardiner said he was better on grass tracks.
"He is not a bad galloper but I'm not confident on a sand track - he did nothing in his one start here and I'm not rapt in his chances - I just need to start him at this stage of his preparation," he said.
"White Cap is the one to beat, the way he is racing, and the topweight (Frenardi)."
White Cap, which is also trained locally by Dale Wright, won the Ulton Cup over the same distance, 1090m, at the last Bundaberg meeting in September.
Since then, the gelding finished third behind Gympie champion Frenardi on his home track over 1170m, and second in Rockhampton, before also failing there at his last outing.
Frenardi, which boasts three wins and a third from four starts in Bundaberg, was a last-start second, again on his home track, behind Bundaberg Lightning Handicap winner Noname over 850m.
Another champion Gympie veteran, 11-year-old Try Some Magic, which has notched $214,565 in prize-money in a magnificent career, has not raced since also winning in the Gold City over 1470m on July 30.
But while he is better over longer distances, the grand old campaigner won at his only previous start over the distance on the track, and he could sprint well fresh.
County Sherrif, which is trained at Sunshine Coast by Robert Bradshaw, and has won once on his two previous visits to Bundaberg, will also be a chance if he backs up after not being disgraced in finishing ninth of 13 in a No Metropolitan Win race at Doomben on Saturday.
Gardiner rates Twogundan his "best chance" after his good win also at the last Bundaberg meeting, before finishing among the tail-enders at Rockhampton.
"May is a place chance but the other mare (Craiglea Kia) has never raced and we don't know anything about her - Laurie Gough's horse (Make a Deal) will win it with a leg in the air - she was third at Caloundra and has two placings in Rockhampton," he said.
Get Ditty With It was also victorious on track debut at the last local meeting and he has been placed at Gayndah and Gladstone at his past two appearances, and he too has to be included among the chances.
But Moranbah raider Angel Place beat him in Gladstone, while Calaraben, which is also trained locally by Bill Melvin and has been knocking on the door, should also be in the thick of things despite conceding weight to his rivals.