BRAD Rawiller has made the $200,000 Listed Sportsbet.com.au Ballarat Cup his own, winning it for the past three years on My Bentley, Domesky and King Diamond.
Today he takes the ride on the Darren Weir-trained Hurdy Gurdy Man in the 2200m feature, which brings an official end to the Spring Racing Carnival.
While punters have overlooked Hurdy Gurdy Man at $17 and plunged on the Gai Waterhouse-trained The Offer, who will be ridden by Damien Oliver, Rawiller remains cautiously optimistic.
"I certainly go in with every bit as much confidence (as past years). The horse is a proven country cup winner, but the big negative is where we're drawn," he said of the extreme outside gate of 18.
The Offer has been placed at his past two starts at Randwick and Rosehill, will have no trouble with the trip, has a 6kg advantage over the topweight and a far better barrier.
The Mike Moroney-trained Garud, to be ridden by cups specialist Glen Boss, and Murray Bridge Cup winner Pelicano are also fancied, as is the Horsham Cup winner Cornell.
In another highlight of the day, the Magic Millions Clockwise Classic (1000m) for two-year-olds, Sydney trainer Garry Frazer has the odds-on favourite Sheer Style.
He didn't know the race existed until a fortnight ago when contacted by MM's managing director Vin Cox.
The daughter of Snitzel has been runner-up at her only two starts and has the advantage of running the Sydney way in this unique Victorian race.
She is one of only four horses in the 11-horse field that has raced and most of the others have not trialled publicly.
"She was probably unlucky to be beaten the first time and the other day she bumped into probably the best two-year-old that has raced this season (Earthquake)," Frazer said.
"They ran 56.5sec for the 100m and that's running along a bit."
The 10-race card, which carries prizemoney of $795,000, starts at 12.20pm and ends at 5.32pm.