SIX-year-old bay gelding Stringy will fly the flag for the locals in the Sale Cup on Sunday.
Trained by Andrew Murray at Sale, Stringy is likely to have Vlad Duric in the saddle for the $150,000 cup.
Murray said Stringy was brought across from New Zealand three years ago.
“We were a bit lucky to get him,” he said.
“He was a leftover horse.
“No one wanted him, they couldn’t sell him.”
But Stringy has re-paid the faith, taking four wins from 19 starts, along with two second placings and five third placings, to earn more than $80,000 in prize money.
On April 27 at Sale, Stringy scored his most significant win to date, getting the money in the $30,000 Showcase benchmark 70 handicap.
“He has won his last two starts here at Sale at the same distance,” Murray said.
“All of his wins have been here.
“We won the premiership here but he got three of our eight wins, so he has played a big part in that.
“It’s an opportunity to run him in a home cup and he loves the track.”
Murray said while the horse was probably better suited to a longer distance, he expected a strong performance on Sunday in the 1600m cup.
“He can probably give us a really good run,” he said.
“It took him until the last preparation to set him on his feet a bit.
“Michael Rodd has ridden him a lot and says he will win a longer distance race in town.
“He hops off and says he will grow into better things.
“He has worked his way through the country gradings and the main aim is to get him to an 1800 to 2000 metre race in town.”
Zedi Gold, also trained by Murray, has been nominated for the benchmark 64 handicap.
“She will be one to go well on the day,” Murray said.
“She has won here at this track and won a trial here last week by three lengths, it was her fastest trial time.”
The three-year-old bay filly has one career win to date, getting the money in the $17,500 three-year-old fillies benchmark 64 handicap at Sale on January 16.