Walter eyes three-peat
Jockey Ron Quinn rides Brightest (right) to victory at Warwick Farm on November 12. Photo: Mich Tsikas
Leading trainer Guy Walter will be out to claim his third consecutive Goulburn Cup, this time with Brightest, on Sunday but standing in his way is a quality line-up for the $100,000 1600 metre feature.
Increased prizemoney and a switch of days from Friday to Sunday has helped attract one of the strongest Goulburn Cup fields for many years.
Walter has won the past two runnings with Straight Albert and Willy Jimmy and will go with Brightest, a last-start Warwick Farm winner, and Tiger Territory if he gains a start.
Walter scratched his other acceptor, Forarainyday, paving the way for first emergency Browden to make the field. Browden has only raced five times, but has won his past four starts, and trainer Garry Frazer is looking forward to the challenge with his emerging star.
Frazer is out to win his first Goulburn Cup after the stable finished a head second last year.
''Browden is on the way up and drops a lot in weight from the 58 kilograms he carried last start to win at Goulburn,'' Frazer said.
''He only won by a narrow margin, but it was a very good effort because he was held up and it wasn't easy for him, being a big-striding horse.''
Apprentice jockey David Pisani has been rewarded with the ride as he tries to win the biggest race of his career. Pisani rode Browden in a trial at Hawkesbury in September and has ridden him in every race start since.
''He has been a bit of a headache to get going and should be unbeaten,'' Frazer said.
''You couldn't count his first start and he has won every start since.''
Browden proved his fitness with a recent trial win and is on target.
Home-town trainer Danny Williams will start Court Connection and Rambling On, while last-start winners All Legal, Bay Window and Ramsays Curse add further depth to an outstanding field. Gai Waterhouse will be represented by topweight Kinnersley, while Isopach is another of the main chances.
The interesting runner is Maximus Gladiator which won four races in succession last campaign and is first-up from a spell.
Alma's Fury is a dual acceptor after drawing gate 19 and 2010 Wagga Wagga Gold Cup winner Sainthood has the inside alley.
Sunday's meeting will include fashions on the field, plenty of entertainment for the family and live music from local bands.
Gates open at 11am, with the first of eight races to start at 1.10pm. The last event on the program is at 5.26pm. AAP