Trainers set sights on prestigious Penola Cup

Mount Gambier trainer Richard Wilson will look to continue his successful run in Sunday’s $26,800 DiGiorgio Family Wines Penola Cup (1700m). Wilson, who landed his first city training double at Morphettville in March, has the in-form Heir Of Tavistock among the 15 nominations for the race.

“The stable is going good, hopefully they can keep it going,’’ Wilson said. Heir Of Tavistock has enjoyed a successful 12 months since joining his stable and will be chasing his third win in 12 starts and Wilson said the only concern would be getting up to 1700m.

“That has to be the question with him,’’ Wilson said. “He’s been good at a mile, they said he was a horse who might struggle at 2000m, but he’s racing well and I’m sure he’ll run well again on Sunday.” One of Heir Of Tavistock’s greatest assets is his ability to put himself in a good spot in his races.

“That definitely helps a horse like him,’’ Wilson said. “He has not missed a beat since last run and hopefully he can draw a nice gate and he’ll be right in the finish.”

Fellow Mount Gambier trainer Richard Nicholson is hoping Dyagilev can go one better after he was narrowly beaten by Von Costa Glass in the Naracoorte Cup in February while Sue Murphy will be chasing consecutive Penola Cup wins with former Victorian galloper Gasworx.

Murphy won last year’s feature with Farooq who has gone on to bigger and better things in the past year winning four races, two at city level and a recent Edenhope Cup.

And her stable has been on fire in March winning four races from the five runners she has put a saddle on. Racing gets under way from 11am this Sunday.

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