TUBE will attempt to achieve today what is considered to be a rarely managed feat over the past five decades – back-to-back Burrumbeet Cup victories.
Hot Spell did it in the 1960s, Roxboro in the 1970s, Bicker’s Court did even better with a hat-trick in the 1990s and then Surfie Pete became the first in the new century to complete the rarely accomplished double victory.
Now an eight-year-old, gelding Tube again goes into the $15,000 Scott Petroleum Burrumbeet Cup, 1800m, as a last-start winner.
Cranbourne trainer Damien Williams made the trip to Burrumbeet this year with Tube already carrying a Cranbourne win.
This time, Tube is backing up from success in the Penshurst Cup, 2000m, on Boxing Day.
Tube has raced consistently throughout the spring racing season and into the summer.
He pulled together a win at Sale and then, two starts ago, running a solid third to Cosentino at Moonee Valley.
Damien Lane took the cup ride on Tube 12 months ago, but this time the task will go to jockey Jake Duffy, who should find a gun run from barrier one.
The Burrumbeet Cup has traditionally been a great race for both Ballarat trainers and jockeys alike.
The past 10 years have proven to be no exception, with five hometown trainers and seven riders all saluting for it.
Ken Moore, Simon Morrish and Jim Mason are all ready to lead the charge for Ballarat stables this time around.
Moore has Gottino engaged, Morrish has Equal Rights and Mason has Easton.
Gottino is considered to be the strongest contender of the trio.
The five-year-old gelding has been ultra-consistent for Moore since arriving from New Zealand early this year. He won his first three outings, and scored again at Horsham at the start of this preparation, as well as being city-placed.
He put in an improved effort in more suitable company last-start, with a third in a benchmark 72 at Horsham.
Ken Morrish knows all about winning at Burrumbeet, but six-year-old mare Equal Rights will probably need to find something extra in her arsenal to add to the stable’s record on the track.
Mason is in his first full season based at Dowling Forest and sends Easton after a third to Romanair in a 0-68 handicap, 1600, in Ballarat.
Angelology is also trying to give Plumpton trainer Patrick Payne a double win in the Burrumbeet Cup.
He rode Our Money Tree to victory in 1991, and Angelology would provide him with his first win in the race as a trainer.