Midweek Hussler aiming to win
CLASS 2 HCP: After piloting Todd Fletcher trained Midweek Hussler to a win last start in Grafton, Matt McGuren will be hoping for another strong run from the three-year-old in Sunday's Ford & Dougherty Commercial Sales Class 2 Handicap.
McGuren said he was pleased to be back in the saddle on last year's Clarence River Jockey Club Two-Year-Old of the Year last season after last month's win.
"It was a good race that day, he had a nice trail just behind the speed and came through at the end,” he said.
"I'm looking forward to racing on him again on Sunday. He is just an honest horse, he isn't a superstar or anything but he turns up and tries his guts out.”
McGuren said it was a credit to Midweek Hussler and Fletcher to compete and win in a step up in class.
"A lot of horses struggle going from two-year-old to three-year old, and for this horse this season to win a Class 1 race up against four and five-year-olds is a credit to the horse,” he said.
"By rights he still should be in the three-year-old company races, and he has made the step up out of the three-year-old age group. To get that win beside his name against older horses is a credit to him, and there's not much of him.”
While Midweek Hussler has form on his side, the weather could prove to be pivotal. With the forecast in Grafton for showers today and tomorrow, McGuren said the rain could pose a problem.
"I'm not sure how he'll go with more rain,” he said.
"It was a heavy track in town a few races ago and I don't think he handled the soft conditions too well. There's not much of him, he's only little, but he turns up every time and tries his guts out.
"I think it's a winnable race, I think he will be up to his ears in it, but the question will be if he can handle the mile but I think he is the type of horse that will.”