Sodden surface suits Williamson’s had fun with winner
HIS charge is regarded as a long shot by pundits, but local hope Andrew Williamson has seen enough from Hludowig to suggest he will be a genuine chance in today's Listed $100,000 Sunshine Coast Cup, if it's wet.
The track was yesterday rated a heavy 8 and Williamson was hopeful it could remain somewhat sodden by the time the big race rolls around late this afternoon.
"He loves a wet track and if it stays wet then he's a genuine each-way chance, for sure," he said.
"He won quite impressively at Corbould Park three starts ago over the same distance (1400m in December) and in his last couple of runs he's just had no luck."
"He went to the Gold Coast and had no luck there (over a soft 1400m) and in his last start at Corbould Park (over a good 1600m) he just jarred up on the harder track, so he'll definitely improve with the sting out of the track."
Corbould Park received 150mm in a week until yesterday morning.
There was no rain at the venue yesterday, little rain predicted overnight and some light showers expected today.
If the forecast holds true, the track could be rated soft by the time they jump, which should at least offer Hludowig something.
But more rain will be a blessing for the six-year-old, which won in the wet as a 50-1 roughie in a $50,000 1000m race on Caloundra Cup day in 2013.
With James Orman aboard (completing a combination which has reaped two wins from four outings) it's hoped Hludowig can take advantage of a 17-horse field which boasts some frontrunners.
"He will get back a bit and then come on. He will want plenty of speed, which there seems to be," Williamson said.
The gelding, by Bel Esprit out of Spartica, is owned by Brad McMahon and connections, and has won seven of 39 starts.
"He was bought as a tried horse and we've had a bit of luck," Williamson said.
"I've had him three years and he's won five races and over $100,000, so we've had plenty of fun with him that's for sure.
Glasshouse Mountains' Williamson, 42, has a dozen horses in work, including Group 3 victor Darci Be Good.
Perhaps his best runner was recently-retired Ready to Rip, which won the Group 3 Bletchingly Stakes in 2012 and ran second to Steel Zip in the Sunshine Coast Cup the same year.
Steel Zip is also in today's race.
Fellow Sunshine Coast horse Phelan Ready also enjoys a soft track, but is capable on any surface.
The eight-year-old former Magic Millions and Golden Slipper winner, trained by Jason McLachlan, has won two of its past four races after a lengthy drought and is one of the fancies for today's Caloundra COC Sunshine Coast Cup.
Tarloshan, Vandalised Anna Lizzie and Daph 'n' Alf are among the other favoured horses.