Broken Hill trainer sets sights on Coonamble Cannonball

Superhard led them up in the Parkes Satellite on May 16 for jockey Ken Dunbar and trainer Michael Wayman. Photo: Racing Photography.

A long trip to the races doesn’t bother Michael Wayman and the Broken Hill trainer is setting his sights on Sunday’s Coonamble Cannonball with talented sprinter, Superhard

The trip is usually eight hours and will be made a little longer with the float attached, so Wayman explained how he would leave a day earlier, firstly stopping off in Cobar for a break, before trekking to Coonamble on Sunday. 

“On Saturday morning, I’ll get up, feed him breakfast, feed myself breakfast and leave at about 10am and head to Cobar,” Wayman said. 

“I’ll stay overnight and head down there the next morning. Allan Prisk puts us up there at the track and he does a good job looking after us travelling trainers.”

The wet-weather is Wayman’s only deterrence as he prepares his six-year-old for the 1100m Open Handicap worth a tidy $35,000.

“Look, if the track doesn’t get too wet, we’ll be going,” Wayman said.

“They have rain forecast their tomorrow and Friday. The only way we wouldn’t go is if he gets drawn 12 of 12 or if the track is worse than a soft six.”

The former Victorian that has spent time with the likes of Robert Smerdon, Henry Dwyer, Darren Weir and John Sadler, is an accomplished sprinter, winning seven races and nearly $350,000 in prizemoney.

Wayman has had the All Too Hard gelding for just the four starts, contesting the listed Durbridge Stakes and Manihi Classic early this year, while running a good second at Port Lincoln in between those trips to Morphettville.

Most recently, Superhard finished sixth in the Parkes Satellite on May 16, beaten only 1.71 lengths. 

“He is a good horse, and the only thing that beat him was the long float trip and too much weight,” Wayman said. 

“He is just a hard horse to place.”

The sprinter was forced to carry 62kg at Parkes and Wayman was worried he would be weighted out of contention when taking on the Coonamble Cannonball.

“If he can get into that race with 60kg, he would be hard to beat but he will get 62kg or 63kg,” Wayman said. 

“In an open class race, they should have a sealing on the race, make it no more than 60kg, with a minimum of 54kg and compress the field.

“If you look at those horses that beat him at Parkes, he was giving them seven kilos and nine kilos respectively; they were getting a very big weight advantage.”
Ken Dunbar will take the ride for Wayman, with the pair having teamed up previously.

“I’ll have Ken Dunbar on him, I’ve been going up that way for a few years now and he always helps me out,” Wayman said. 

“I think his run at Parkes was the first time he hasn’t ridden a place for me. I always look out for him, and he looks out for me.”

While Wayman will prepare for Sunday’s feature race, he believes Superhard still has a good win or two in him, potentially in town. 

“This horse, he still has $100,000 to $150,000 earnings in him,” Wayman said. 

“I had my birthday last year and saw him for sale, I started bidding and they started bidding back, and I bought him.

“He wasn’t the soundest horse when I got him, but he is very sound now, so I just want to win a race with him, and I’ll see what we’ll do after that.

“I think he is capable of going to Sydney and getting in at 54kg and causing a bit of damage.”

The Cannonball will headline a strong eight-race Showcase program at Coonamble on Sunday. 

There will be fashions on the field, while entry to the races is $15, with kids under 12 free.