Friday, 26th October, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
Swan Hill-based trainer Nathan Hobson will return to Broken Hill for Saturday’s Silver City Cup race meeting, bringing a swag of horses with him.
Hobson has enjoyed a lot of success at both the St Pats and Silver City meets over the past few years including Alpha Auriga winning the 2016 and 2017 Silver City Cups.
Unfortunately Alpha Auriga will be unable to win a third consecutive cup having been retired from racing earlier this year.
He has 11 nominations across the six-race programme including Rule Of Three and Montevideo in the $15,000 Silver City Cup. Montevideo was also nominated for the 1600m Class 2 handicap.
“We’re not sure on where Montevideo will run,” Hobson explained.
“We’ll just see what the fields are like before we decide.”
Hobson’s other nominated runners include Shez Apple, Call The Sherriff, Rerelease, Time Square, Kumo, Welsh Poet, The Presenter and Henry’s Affair.
“Shez Apple should go alright in the maiden,” Hobson said.
“I think she’ll be pretty short (odds) looking at the form.”
“And the others I’m not too sure about, they don’t have a lot of form behind them so it’s hard to judge but we’ll see,” he added.
Henry’s Affair recently won the high profile ‘The Hotham’ maiden in Ballarat in its 29th start.
‘The Hotham’ is sponsored by Sportsbet and was set up as a parody of ‘The Everest’ which takes place in Sydney the following day with the field determined by number of starts without a win and amount of prizemoney. The $75,000 race awarded $30,000 to the winner.
Hobson’s horses have a habit of hitting form once they step on the dirt Broken Hill track, most notably Alpha Auriga and Rule Of Three. Of Rule Of Three’s three career wins, two have come at the Silver City Cup race meet.