Rodger Waters will look to add the Hair of the Dog Cup to the mantlepiece on Saturday with the Wantabadgery trainer setting Lumber Dream for the Gundagai feature.
The $34,000 Gundagai District Services Club Hair of the Dog Cup is a 1580m Benchmark 66 Handicap and the race headlines the second day of Gundagai Adelong Race Club’s annual Snake Gully Cup carnival
Waters wasn’t originally considering the race, but with the recent wet weather leading to a slew of abandoned meetings in the Southern Districts and across NSW, he was forced to change plans.
“We always had that 1800m Highway (Handicap) from two weeks ago in mind, but we couldn’t get the races into him to have him ready, so we had to reschedule, and the Hair of the Dog looks an ideal race,” Waters said.
“1800m will suit him and this race looks the natural progression upwards. It doesn’t normally suit backmarkers at Gundagai but it’s the right time, it’s the right distance and right class, so we’ll have a go.”
The six-year-old does enter the race with winning form after a very strong come from behind victory in the 1600m Benchmark 66 Handicap at Goulburn late last month.
Ridden By Shaun Guymer, who has been offered the ride in the Hair of the Dog Cup, The Snitzel gelding popped up at $9.50 when winning the race and Waters said connections were confident of a good run.
“I didn’t even get to go to Goulburn. Monty (Waters) and my son went, and we did think he would go well but our biggest concern was if the track didn’t hold up,” Waters said.
“We thought he had improved from last preparation, but it was a matter of him getting through the conditions, which he did.”
Lumber Dream has been a good pick up for Waters and connections, starting 13 times for three wins and five placings, earning connections over $70,000 in prizemoney.
Waters does have bigger races in mind for his up-and-coming gelding, with the $150,000 country-only staying event at Rosehill Gardens on November 26 in his sights.
“If he happened to win on Saturday, we will probably look at the Country Classic, but we need to win this race first,” Waters said.
On a lighter note, it’s most appropriate that the Waters family will race Lumber Dream in the Hair of the Dog Cup on Saturday, with connections bound to have a few groggy heads among them following a huge celebration on Friday.
“Monty’s young bloke (James Waters) gets married on the Friday, and we figured it would be a good place to have a recovery,” Waters laughed.
“It should be a good day for everyone and hopefully we can get a good win.”
In what will be a big second day of the Snake Gully Cup carnival, the club will host a bumper seven-race-program and readers can click here for all races and nominations.
The Hair of the Dog Cup was originally meant to be run over 1800m, but has since been changed to 1580.
Racing NSW Stewards this morning (Wednesday) inspected Gundagai Racecourse. The track is recovering well after flooding last week, however, the mouth of the 1800m chute and a 100m section of track thereafter have been impacted by silt deposits.
As a consequence the two 1800m races on Saturday, November 12 will now be conducted over 1580m.
Benchmark 66 Handicap (1800m) – now 1580m
Class 1 & Maiden Plate (1800m) – now 1580m