GROUP 1 Metropolitan Handicap winner Glencadam Gold is expected to school over hurdles in Ballarat on Monday.
While the course proper is yet to be opened after a $1.5m reconstruction, the new hurdle school at the track is operational.
Glencadam Gold is trained at Gai Waterhouse’s Melbourne stable and has already trialed over the hurdles, winning at Warrnambool and Sandown.
The six-year-old, a winner of six races and almost $650,000, saluted in The Metropolitan in 2012. He followed that up with an unplaced run as favourite in the Caulfield Cup ands was then sixth in the Melbourne Cup.
Glencadam Gold again finished down the track in last year’s Caulfield Cup.
Waterhouse will have her first starter in a hurdle event at Warrnambool today – Valediction in a maiden hurdle, 3226m.
BALLARAT apprentice jockey Lucinda Doodt will ride in a new equestrian event designed for retired racehorses.
She will be aboard Ruling Devil in the Racing Victoria Off the Track Triequithon at Mornington on Saturday.
Doodt is a first-year apprentice with trainer Mark Lewis and is one of 10 riders taking part.
The thoroughbreds compete in dressage, show jumping and cross country as they make their way to the Melbourne International Horse Trials on June 6-9.
A $15,000 prize pool makes it one of the richest competitions on the Australian eventing calendar.
THE Stawell Cup scheduled for Easter Day has been called off owing to suspected vandalism to the track.
Racing Victorian yesterday abandoned the race meeting owing to the state of the racing surface.
Areas of grass appear to have been poisoned.
TRUST In A Gust remains on the trail for VOBIS Gold.
Alread y a winner of three features event in the series, Trust In A Gust has another go in the $250,000 Gold Reef, 1600m, at Flemington on Saturday.
Ballarat trainer Darren Weir is backing up the three-year-old after he finished out of a place in heavy going at Bendigo on March 15.
IMPORTED English galloper Ruscello has his first start for Robert Smerdon at Flemington on Sunday.
Ed Dunlop brought the OTI-owned stayer to Australia for the spring, finishing second first-up at Caulfield before taking out the group 3 Lexus, 2500m.
The Caulfield/Ballarat stable also has Shewan and Go The Knuckle in the same event.