GREAT WESTERN - Tomorrow's Great Western meeting has attracted some strong fields, none more so than the Seppelt Salinger Great Western Cup to be run over 1850 metres.
In recent years, the Cup has just kept getting stronger and tomorrow's field is no exception with last start Burrumbeet Cup winner Gottino, popular veteran Fraaclase, local hope Dashing Moulah and winner at this meeting last year, Equal Rights, all set to hit the track.
The Ken Moore-trained Gotttino is likely to start the popular elect after a one and a quarter length win in the Burrumbeet Cup.
Moore is very confident that Gottino will be right in the finish.
"The horse is fit and healthy and he's trained on well since Burrumbeet," Moore said.
"Hopefully we draw a barrier and he can sit back and have the last crack."
Moore has booked senior rider Dean Larsson to take the ride.
Larsson has ridden a lot of winners over the years at the Great Western track, riding a double last year and a treble the year before.
The son of Johar, an American Stallion, Gottino has been racing at his best of late coming better as the days go on.
Gottino has now won over $97,000 and if he can win on Saturday he will pass the $100,000 mark, a feat not many horses achieve.
Gottino has won seven races and two this season off only six runs.
Moore had no further plans after Great Western.
"He's been set for this race and if he wins the Cup then his rating will be lifted again, so we'll just have to place him accordingly after this one," he said.
Meanwhile, Stawell's Terry and Karina O'Sullivan will saddle up three runners tomorrow including Dashing Moulah in the Seppelt Salinger Great Western Cup.
Dashing Moulah is part owned by Don Murphy from Stawell and is second up from a spell.
Trainer Terry O'Sullivan labelled him an each-way chance in a relatively strong Cup field.
The second of O'Sullivan's runners is Haluva Storm, who has been racing consistently of late with third placings at Ararat and Murtoa at his previous two starts.
O'Sullivan is hoping that Haluva Storm can break through on the weekend for his third win after a long time between drinks for the consistent but frustrating five year old.
O'Sullivan was impressed with his last performance and thinks that with the drop in class and the claim from Erhan Kacmaz, he should be able to win tomorrow in the 1850 metre 0-58 handicap.
The last of the O'Sulliavan trio is four year old Golden Perfume, a first-starter by Green Perfume.
O'Sullivan isn't expecting too much from the mare.
"She's pretty new to it all and I'd be happy if she ran nicely," he said.
All of the O'Sullivan horses will be ridden by Erhan Kacmaz, an apprentice jockey who migrated from Turkey early last year.