There was a time when Graham Hulm didn’t know if Supply Money could ever win a race let alone be lining up for a potential crack at one of Wagga’s feature races of the summer.
Supply Money has turned the corner, matured and become a “nice little racehorse” for Hulm and his family as she progresses to the Ted Ryder Cup Prelude (1660m) on Monday.
The five-year-old steps up to open class after a last start victory at the Wodonga Cup meeting and a string of consistent performances this preparation.
If she can win, Supply Money will work towards a start in the Ted Ryder Cup at the end of December.
First things first, Hulm is looking to tick off another box with the mare who also has a recent win to her credit over subsequent Saturday Albury winner, Lawton Joseph.
Hulm said Supply Money had come a long way from what she displayed early in her career.
“I wouldn’t have thought she would win four races this time last year,” he said.
“She has been a big improver and wants to be a racehorse which makes a big difference if they want to do it.”
What Supply money lacks in size she makes up for with determination.
Only lightly raced with 17 starts to her name for nine top three finishes, Supply Money’s only blemish in her last five starts was a midfield finish in a Highway Handicap in Sydney.
There were excuses then and Hulm is sure with recent drying weather the track will continue to improve to ensure Supply Money has every hope.
“It was too wet for her in Sydney plus she drew wide. We still decided to go because she needed the run and then she came out and won well at her next start,” he said.
“She has got to be a bit of a chance again because she always tries.”
Supply Money will have a big weight advantage of several kilograms over Dure and last start winner Zarlu.
Malleable is coming off a last start win in the Hay Cup and will again be ridden by apprentice jockey Josh Richards who landed two winners at Albury on Saturday.
Bondo has been extremely consistent while Zarreig won’t know himself with only a light 54.5 kilograms on his back.
Hulm has eight horses in training at Albury including a half brother to Supply Money who will trial at the meeting.
“We bought her with her dam as a foal at foot. The family race her and we have done all the work with her right through,” he added.
The Wagga track is rated a Good 4.