Mudgee Racing Club will host its showcase country meeting on Friday, with Bathurst trainer Paul Theobald having two horses racing on the day.
Each race will have a total minimum prizemoney of $30,000.
Theobald’s Dunderry will start from barrier three in the Montrose Mudgee Cup Day Showcase Sprint (1200 metres), in a race that already has two horses scratched.
Theobald believes the other horses will sit back at the start of the race.
“If he can get his own way and get to the front early, we’ve got a good chance,” he said.
“We’ve got a decent gate and he’s got a good start.”
In Dunderry’s last start in Wellington, the eight-year-old bay gelding finished fourth.
Theobald said the horse’s start in Wellington was not a customary start, but he nevertheless finished well.
Jockey Chris Williams has also been described by Theobald as “up and coming”.
Attilius will be Theobald’s other starter at Mudgee, racing in the Craigmoor Showcase Class 3 Handicap (1200 metres).
The four-year-old grey gelding’s last start at the Bong Bong Picnic Races produced a win, beating favourite Maltese Knight.
The Bowral Kubota Class 2 Handicap (1000 metres) had four starters, after two horses were scratched.
Theobald said Attilius’ start is important to the gelding’s success.
“I’m hoping for him to get a good sprint in early and sit behind the leaders,” he said.
“But we’ll see how he goes because he normally races 1000 metres and 1200 metres might be too long for him.
“It’s a good race [at Mudgee] on Friday and I couldn’t pass it up.”
Williams will be riding again for Theobald and is trying to build up Attilius’ point tally for the Dubbo Gold Cup next September.
Attilius raced at the Birdsville Races in Queensland in September and with a 5000 kilometre round trip, the four-year-old has matured greatly since.