Rawiller Shoots for 4th Ballarat Cup Win

On Sunday jockey Brad Rawiller will shoot for his fourth consecutive win in the $200,000 Listed Ballarat Cup (2200m), this year partnering the Darren Weir-trained Hurdy Gurdy Man.

Brad Rawiller

Brad Rawiller (pictured here with Brambles) shoots for his fourth straight Ballarat Cup win on Sunday. Photo: Daniel Costello.

Rawiller has dominated the Ballarat Cup in recent years and will look to continue his winning association with the race this weekend with recent Hamilton Cup winner Hurdy Gurdy Man.

The hoop’s first Ballarat Cup victory was back in 2010 aboard My Bentley.

He then made it three on the trot with Domesky (2011) and the Jarrod McLean-trained King Diamond (2012) who was a notable non acceptor in this year’s Ballarat Cup field.

This year locally-based Weir has engaged Rawiller’s services for Street Cry stallion Hurdy Gurdy Man, the six-year-old equal 60kg top-weight with last year’s runner-up Pelicano.

Hurdy Gurdy Man has been ridden by Rawiller for their two most recent runs.

The first was a nice effort to win the $60,000 Hamilton Cup (2200m) on a Slow (7) track back in October when carrying 59kg and suffering interference near the 200m mark.

That was their third notable cup triumph for the year adding to the Murtoa Cup (2050m) on October 5 where they carried 62.5kg to victory and the Group 3 Hobart Cup (2400m) back in February.

They backed up 10 days after the Hamilton Cup win in the $100,000 Kyneton Cup (2000m) carrying 59.5kg and were far from disgraced when two and a half lengths away fifth to Constant Force.

“He did enough last start in the Kyneton Cup,” Rawiller said.

“That track and the drop back in distance didn’t suit him but I’m looking forward to Sunday.”

It will be another tough task on Sunday at Ballarat with their big weight, Hurdy Gurdy Man to face Kyneton Cup winner Constant Force, runner-up Cornell and third placed Whisper Downs again.

They also have the far outside barrier to overcome and as such are rated a double figure chance to win.

Rawiller meanwhile is just excited about the opportunity to ride another Ballarat Cup winner having nearly missed the meeting due to suspension.

He copped a 10 meeting ban for careless riding at Caulfield last Saturday.

However the Racing Appeals and Disciplinary Board subsequently overturned the suspension on Wednesday.

“Thankfully I have good support from people that were happy to wait (for the appeal) and I’ve still got some really good rides on Saturday and Sunday,” Rawiller told AAP.

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