A battler’s big chance

Ballarat will host Victoria’s richest gallops race for maidens, with The Hotham set to be run on Thursday next week.

Sportsbet.com.au's Simon Marshall (left) with The Hotham trophy. Picture: Sportsbet.com.au.

Sportsbet.com.au's Simon Marshall (left) with The Hotham trophy. Picture: Sportsbet.com.au.

In a light-hearted attempt to rival Sydney’s $10million The Everest, online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au has launched a $50,000 event for horses that haven’t won a race.

The field will be selected by reverse ballot, with maidens with the most starts and least prizemoney getting preference.