Locals aim for luck of the draw
RACING: Just like any other trainer, Bundaberg's Darryl Gardiner doesn't like losing.
As the trainer prepares for today's Ulton Race Day he comes into the meet after not winning in the last race day - the Bundy Haifa Cup.
Gardiner's last win came from Kuramos in the previous meet in May and is a chance to win when he competes in the Morgans Class 3 Plate (1380m).
The trainer also has Jeb's Boy and Humanise in the MYOB Open Handicap (1090m).
"He (Jeb's Boy) likes the track and running on the sand,” he said.
"So too does the other mare (Humanise).
"I like their chances.”
Gardiner wasn't so convinced with his other two Overload and Dreams of Minto in the NAB Benchmark 50 Handicap (1090m).
"Both have drawn badly,” he said.
"They are also unknown on sand or have done nothing on it yet.
"We hope they can turn it around.”
Fellow trainer Mary Hassam will be hoping to continue her success from the last meet.
She was the only local winner and has three entries today including her best chance in the Ulton Wealth Management Benchmark Handicap (1600m) with Come By Often.
"He's a honest little horse,” she said.
"But he does have a little bit of weight which could hurt him.”
All the action today starts at 1.15pm.