TED RYDER CUP
CHAMPION Wagga trainer Trevor Sutherland is tossing up whether or not to sneak a third Ted Ryder Cup nomination in before this morning's cut-off.
Sutherland has already nominated The Boondock Saint and Rite Of Honour for Friday's feature race at the Murrumbidgee Turf Club (MTC) but yesterday revealed he might add Baa Ram Ewe to the list.
The nominations closed yesterday morning but were extended to 11am today, allowing Sutherland the option of adding to his chances.
"Yeah, maybe Baa Ram Ewe," Sutherland said when asked if he would take advantage of the extended nominations.
"I spoke to the owner not long ago and we are thinking of nominating her.
"She would get in with no weight and sometimes in these big races when the pace is on, the little roughie with no weight can sneak up and win.
"She has struggled to carry the weight and this kind of race might suit her."
Trainers will have until 11am to nominate any further horses for the $25,000 Ted Ryder Cup (1600m).
Sutherland will be shooting for back-to-back wins in the feature race after Lockmar brought home the chocolates last year.
He has put his faith in The Boondock Saint and Rite Of Honour to make it two on the trot and is confident both horses will be around the mark on Friday.
"I'd like to think they will go close," he said.
"They have both been set for it, the long-term plan for both of them has been to win this race."
Sutherland refused to label either of his horses a better chance than the other.
"I can't split them," he said.
"They both ran super the other day obviously The Boondock Saint won and they will appreciate a drop in weight.
"I'm happy with both of them."
Sutherland said the Ted Ryder Cup was a "time-honoured race" held in high regard by all Wagga trainers, and hopes to bring it home on Friday.
Rite Of Honour has also been nominated for the Powers Insulation & Plumbing Benchmark 60 Handicap (1400m). He has nominated nine horses from his stable for the meeting.