Hassam focuses her horses on first meet
BUNDABERG trainer Mary Hassam reckons racing at home is the perfect way to start her new year.
After a quiet for the past few weeks over Christmas, the trainer has opted to focus her horses on the first event of the new Bundaberg racing calendar.
And tomorrow at The Waves Subs Club Beach Party Race Day she hopes to shine.
"I'm ready to start,” she said.
"It's looking to be a terrific day and thankfully it won't be washed out like three races were last year.”
Hassam, who's fielding four horses in the meet, believes Shockwave in the 1212m Tradelink ATW Eagles AFL Benchmark 55 Handicap is her best chance of success.
She said the horse had the ability and form, winning his last start in Bundaberg at the Melbourne Cup race day.
"It's a bit of a chance,” she said.
"It knows how to win so it is all about it doing the job on the day.”
Hassam said her other horses also had a chance but things needed to go their way.
This includes Little Red Angel, who needs a good start in the 1090m The Waves Sports Club ATW Netball Maiden Plate.
"She doesn't like going through horses,” Hassam said.
"She needs to get out and get going early to have a chance.”
Hassam isn't the only local trainer in action tomorrow with Tony Hess, William Melvin and Darryl Gardiner also in action.
Hess said his best chance was with Celtic Spell in the 1090m Waves Falcons Rugby Union Class B Handicap but conceded the barrier was too wide for his liking.
Racing starts at 1.20pm.