But Boal says a win isn’t beyond the seven-year-old mare he bought third-hand for $525.
While Thursday’s 1200m assignment, the $50,000 The Hotham, at Ballarat — billed as the “Richest Battlers Race in Australia” — could be 200m too far, Boal is bullish about “Beau”, who has earned $41,238 in prizemoney.
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“She’s got a win in her, but where (and when) I don’t know,” Boal said on Wednesday.
“She’ll be in front and she’ll be out there trying. Anyway, it will be just a good thrill because at the end of the day I’m going to be more famous than Winx.
“A lot of people are going to be saying 58 (race) maiden going around, no one is going to be talking about Winx, and they’ll be looking at my horse tomorrow.”
Ballarat will host the $50,000 The Hotham on Thursday. Picture: Mark DadswellSource:News Corp Australia
Beau Dazzle will need luck from the outside barrier, but good gate speed should allow apprentice Tahlia Hope to cross the field of 12 and set the pace.
The 12, plus the four emergencies, have together contested 398 races without a victory.
Sathern carries the next “worst” record at 37 winless starts, and Briconi and Costano Mille are locked on 27 outs. Woohoo, a 19-race maiden from Tasmania, looms as the favourite.
But Mornington trainer Glenn Stewart says his “pretty limited” runner, Sergeant Sam, could “take a bit of beating” under hard riding from veteran jockey Noel Callow.
“I think tomorrow might be his day,” Stewart, searching for his first winner in 1031 days, said.
“He can be right there … he needs someone like Noel on him (and) that’s what you want, you don’t want them (jockeys) sitting down looking pretty.”
The Hotham, a one-off race supported by Racing Victoria and corporate bookmaker Sportsbet, attracted a maiden record 151 nominations.