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Paul Preusker, Holly McKechnie eye back-to-back Horsham Cups with Magic Consol

PRIMED: Reigning Horsham Cup-winning jockey Holly McKechnie prepares back-to-back cup hopeful Magic Consol for Friday’s race.  Picture: KELLY LAIRD

PRIMED: Reigning Horsham Cup-winning jockey Holly McKechnie prepares back-to-back cup hopeful Magic Consol for Friday’s race.

McKenzie Creek trainer Paul Preusker and jockey Holly McKechnie are eyeing back-to-back Millers Horsham Cup victories on Friday with consistent gelding Magic Consol.
Preusker said the seven-year-old was in better form in the lead-up to this year’s $50,000, 1800-metre feature than when he won the race in 2015.
“He’s on his 11th consistent run this time. Eleven runs for a thoroughbred is getting to the end of it, but he’s certainly coming in with good form,” he said.
“He’ll be right into the game, he’ll be competitive. His strike rate on the track is good, he loves the track.
“We’re in the right race and at the right weight. The recipe is all there for him to do it again.”
Preusker has also nominated six year-old gelding Wheatsheaf Flyer, which is coming off a good win at Geelong last week.
“I’m not sure about him yet, he might go to Flemington on Tuesday instead,” he said.
Preusker said he was likely to have six runners at Horsham on Friday.
“Hopefully I’m bringing the right horses and hopefully I can win more than one,” he said.
Top surface
McKechnie, fresh from track work yesterday morning, said course curator Jimmy Hibberd had prepared an ideal racing surface.
“It’s probably a good four to dead – it’s a perfect surface for a horse,” she said.
“It has great cover. Jimmy’s done an awesome job.”
McKechnie is aiming for her sixth Horsham Cup victory. She said she was in for a good chance with Magic Consol despite the gelding nearing the end of this preparation.
“He still seems to be going very well, but the reality is he’s on his 11th or 12th run in now,” she said.
“He’s done a terrific job this preparation, and I am confident. You can never take him out of the mix, he’s always around the mark.
“He’s highly reliable and tries his guts out. If we get the right run, we’re in with a big chance.”
Stawell’s Terry and Karina O’Sullivan have nominated four-year-old Patch Adams for the cup, while Ballarat’s Darren Weir has nominated three runners.
Acceptances will be announced today.
Horsham and District Racing Club manager Lisa Inkster said she was pleased to see nominations up for this year’s eight races.
“Our president Simon Gebert has got a nomination and Greg Baker, one of our vice-presidents will definitely have a couple of runners on the day,” she said.
“We’ve been very well supported again by local and regional trainers.
“We’re looking forward to a great day on and off the track.”
Mrs Inkster encouraged racegoers to dress to impress for a fashions on the field competition. Categories include lady and gent of the day, couple of the day and children of the day.
People can register in front of the stage on race day.
Children will be entertained with free activities from Kelly Sports.
“Kailee O’Beirne, who just sang at Run Ballarat, will sing from 5pm to 8pm on the main lawn and we’ve also got hot, fresh wood-fire pizzas,” Mrs Inkster said.
“We’re inviting people to stick around for ‘happy hour’ from 6pm to 8pm.”
Gates open at noon with racing from 2.30pm to 6.15pm.
The Millers Horsham Cup will be run at 5.40pm.

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