Tumbarumba and Wagga trainer Graham Byatt has the in-form Willybeafactor going around in the Narrandera Cup on Sunday.
The Factor gelding that is out of Mysteries has Bradley Vale on board and jumps from gate six, and again, he looms as a lightweight chance in the feature race on the day, after recently stringing together three wins at Wagga over the 1200m before a good fourth in a 1300m Open Handicap at Wagga.
Most recently, the Wagga galloper finish third over the 1500m at Albury on Tuesday and he is set for a quick back-up at Narrandera.
“The owners wanted it more than anything, but I am quite happy now, he has pulled up well after Albury and I think he will get the 1600m,” Byatt said.
Willybeafactor has made a name for himself in recent weeks, with his racing style highlighted by flashing finishes, and with the Narrandera course always bringing out the best of the speedsters up front, Byatt hoped this led to a genuine pace in the cup.
“I think it should suit him, sometimes that Narrandera course can have an effect on different horses, but I think he will get through it alright,” Byatt said.
“They generally run along pretty quick there and if they can inject some pace in the race, it will suit us and we will be flying home.”
Byatt’s galloper has had plenty of racing in recent weeks, starting five times for three victories a third and a fourth since May 29, but the more he starts, the better he seems to go.
“Nothing fazes him, he is a tough little horse, he is a narrow-framed horse and I was surprised that he could handle all the racing,” Byatt said.
“I gave him yesterday off and worked him this morning (Thursday) and I was surprised how keen he was.”
If Willybeafactor wins the Narrandera Cup on Sunday, it will cap of a remarkable rise through the ranks for the four-year-old that only returned to the track for Byatt in April as a struggling Class One galloper before his recent run of form that has catapulted him to Open Class events.