Battlers book place in The Hotham

A 58-start maiden will be the horse out to break the longest winning drought in Ballarat on Thursday.

The Courier cartoonist Ditchy takes a look at how The Hotham might play out this Thursday at the Ballarat Turf Club.

The Courier cartoonist Ditchy takes a look at how The Hotham might play out this Thursday at the Ballarat Turf Club.

Tatura-trainer Dean Boal will saddle up seven-year-old mare Beau Dazzle, who heads into the $50,000 The Hotham with the longest run of misses.

To be run over 1200m, the race has been established by online bookmaker sportsbet.com.au as a light-hearted competition to the $10million The Everest, which will be run on Saturday in Sydney.

The field of 12 (plus four emergencies) was settled by reverse ballot, with the worst performed horses getting a run.

Those 12 gallopers have run a combined total of 326 races without a win.

More than 150 nominations were received for what is Victoria’s richest maiden race.

Group 1-winning jockeys Dean Yendall and Noel Callow are among those already booked to ride.

Thursday’s race is set to jump at 3pm.

THE FIELD

1 _ 2974  Bellwhist  (1)         B Schreuder, D Yendall              58.5

 2 _ X477  Briconi  (2)            C Davis, Patrick Moloney        58.5

 3 _ 7295  Lechter  (3)           B Mills, Jessica Eaton (a2)     58.5

 4 _ 90X8  Positive  (4)          D Schmitt, D Schmitt              58.5

 5 _ 0064  Sathern  (5)           N Hobson, Jye Mc Neil            58.5

 6 _ 0398  Sergeant Sam  (6)      G Stewart, N Callow               58.5

 7 _ 6574  The Black Isle  (7)    K Durden, M Julius (a1.5)  58.5

 8 _ 6062  Bashirah  (8) J Greentree  56.5

 9 _ 0805  Beau Dazzle  (9)  D Boal  56.5

10 _ 9004  Costano Mille  (10) B Stanaway   56.5

11 _ 367X  Pointer Sister  (11) B Tootell  56.5

12 _ 5435  Woohoo  (12) L D & T Wells  56.5

EMERGENCIES

13 _ 0075  Brother Adam  (13)     J Schmidt, C Quilty               58.5

14 _ 352X  Woodbine Miss  (14)    A O'Neill, J Keating              56.5

15 _ 22X9  My Giddy Aunt b (15)   M Hickmott, B Stockdale (a)  56.5

16 _ X083  It's Got Lip b (16)    H Burns  58.5

CHASING GLORY: Group 1-winning jockey Noel Callow has been booked to ride Glenn Stewart-trained Sergeant Sam, a horse that has raced 20 times without a win and managed just two placings.

CHASING GLORY: Group 1-winning jockey Noel Callow has been booked to ride Glenn Stewart-trained Sergeant Sam, a horse that has raced 20 times without a win and managed just two placings.