ALL ABOARD: Craig Williams will be in the saddle on One More Try in Ballarat. Picture: Racing Photos
Matt Cumani is finally looking to get the chance to run One More Try in his hometown $500,000 Sportsbet Ballarat Cup after almost getting her to the race for the past two years.
Although One More Try has not won in five starts this campaign, Cumani is certain she has never been in better form and will be to the fore in Saturday's listed event over 2000 metres.
Two years ago, Cumani opted not to run her in the Ballarat Cup after she drew the outside gate, and last year he had to abandon his plans when she had bone chips removed from her tibia in the lead up to the race.
"Last year I had high hopes but because of the bone chips we had to get them removed and give her a long spell," Cumani said.
At her last start, One More Try was fourth in the Matriarch Stakes at Flemington, finishing in the wake of another Ballarat-trained horse in Affair To Remember, which will also line-up in the feature.
Cumani said One More Try had no luck in the Matriarch, which had been the story of her campaign.
"She's racing really well and desperately needs a change of luck," Cumani said.
Craig Williams will ride the mare in what Cumani assesses as the strongest Ballarat Cup field he has seen, with it attracting 37 nominations.
Cumani's only previous Ballarat Cup runner has been Grey Lion who finished third in 2017.
The Ciaron Maher-David Eustace trained South France and last-start Sandown winner So Si Bon from Tom Dabernig-Ben Hayes yard share top weight of 62kg.
SOUTHERN FRANCE (Ciaron Maher-David Eustace) 62kg
SO SI BON (Tom Dabernig-Ben Hayes) 62kg
KINGS WILL DREAM (Chris Waller) 61.5kg
HARLEM (Tom Dabernig-Ben Hayes) 61.5kg
JUNIPAL (Ciaron Maher-David Eustace) 60kg
KIWIA (Archie Alexander) 59.5kg
AL GALAYEL (Ciaron Maher-David Eustace) 59.5kg
PACODALI (Maddie Raymond) 59kg
BUFFALO RIVER (Michael Moroney) 58kg
DANZDANZDANCE (Dean Binaisse) 56kg
INVERLOCH (Trent Busuttin-Natalie Young) 57.5kg
PLEIN CIEL (Danny O'Brien) 56.5kg
AFFAIR TO REMEMBER (Dan O'Sullivan 56kg
ODEON (Mathew Ellerton-Simon Zahra) 56kg
OUR BIG MIKE (Brett Scott) 56kg
FURRION (Tom Dabernig-Ben Hayes) 56kg
GAME KEEPER (Tony-Calvin McEvoy) 56kg
POWER SCHEME (Tom Dabernig-Ben Hayes) 18 56kg
DOUBLE YOU TEE (Patrick Payne) 56kg
IRISH FLAME (Brett Scott) 56kg
MONGOLIAN MARSHAL (Stuart Gower) 56kg
KNIGHTS ORDER (Gai Waterhouse-Adrian Bott) 56kg
PARADEE (Danny O'Brien) 56kg
BONVICINI (Ciaron Maher-David Eustace) 56kg
HANG MAN (Michael Moroney) 56kg
WINNING PARTNER (Tony-Calvin McEvoy) 56kg
ONE MORE TRY (Matt Cumani) 56kg
BARTHOLOMEU DIAS (Ciaron Maher-David Eustace) 56kg
NORTHWEST PASSAGE (Ciaron Maher-David Eustace) 56kg
ANDREA MANTEGNA (David Jolly) 56kg
BARADE (Archie Alexander) 56kg
KAPLUMPICH (Kevin Corstens) 56kg
HUNBOSHI (Luke Oliver) 56kg
BRAMFIELD (Darryl Carrison) 56kg
HUMBLE PIE (Symon Wilde) 56kg
ROBE BAY (Dane Smith) 56kg
TRALEE ROSE (Symon Wilde) 56kg