Squidensquizz, who chases three straight victories in the Bankstown Sports Club Forbes Cup on Monday, has been a dream purchase for his owners over the past three years.
The former Victorian trained galloper was purchased by his owners three years ago and in that time has won six of his 25 starts for trainer Ron Stubbs.
The astute trainer is no stranger to big race success, but travelling close to four hours to Forbes from his base on the Victorian border will be a new experience.
“I have never been before, but it’s a perfect race for him so it’s worth the trip,” he said
“I hadn’t been to the Swan Hill Cup carnival before I took him and he finished second there and since then has won two back home in our region.”
Squidensquizz took out the Narrandera Cup last start holding off Amthaal who looms one of his main dangers.
There is a query about stable mates Appoint Percy and Gypsy Miss starting as both are also entered for Canterbury in Sydney on Wednesday.
Squidensquizz is also a nominee for Sydney, but the lure of the $16,000 first prize money against country opposition will win out.
Squidensquizz wins the Narrandera Cup on July 21
Stubbs feels the extra one kilogram to 59.5 kilograms after the claim for Josh Richards won’t worry Squidensquizz.
“He has always carried weight well and it’s a similar class of horse to what he beat at Narrandera,” Stubbs enthused.
“It again looks like a race where anyone of a few could win so it will come down to luck in running.”
Remarkable veteran Gentleman Max will line up for his 100th start on Monday after an impressive heavy track victory at Albury last week.
He claimed the 2017 edition of the Forbes Cup and ran fourth last year behind stable mate Willy White Socks.
Despite the return to what is expected to be a firmer surface than the heavy ten track he raced on last time, Gentleman Max is racing in peak form and will be a threat.
The seven-year-old has struggled to beat Squidensquizz in the past finishing behind him in his past two wins.
Stubbs said the country cups were a suitable option for Squidensquizz so he had to travel to find suitable races.
“He isn’t up to city class so placing him is the difficult part,” he said.
“He has been a fantastic horse for his owners considering we didn’t pay a lot of money for him.
“I don’t have any set plans for him. It’s a long way to go so hopefully he can get the job done and we will look for a similar class race after that.”