HOLLYWOOD Nell has enjoyed her share of memorable moments for Bathurst trainer Peter Stanley and he hopes there’s still more to come from his seven-year-old mare.
The Quest For Fame mare will line up in either the Benchmark 54 Handicap (2,000 metres) or the Benchmark 60 Handicap (1,400 metres), which rounds out Friday’s day of racing at Tyers Park.
Stanley’s former Soldier’s Saddle runner-up and Country Championships Final competitor hasn’t enjoyed a flash preparation since her return to the track in May.
Stanley is hopeful with the minimum weight and the ideal distance that Hollywood Nell can get herself towards the front of the field.
“She’s been a consistent horse who’s just been unlucky in her races. She lost the Soldier’s Saddle by an inch, and while she hasn’t been disappointing this preparation she hasn’t really been impressive,” he said.
“She’s given her owners a lot of enjoyment and entertainment, and she’s a horse anyone who love to have in the stable. She’s always been up there but has had trouble getting that win.”
Hollywood Nell is one of two other runners in action for Stanley at Bathurst.
Fellow veteran mare Flying By has just cracked the six figure mark in prizemoney and will look to keep the good times coming in the Benchmark 60 Handicap (1,108 metres).
Destiny Hasselhoff is second up from a spell in the CG & E Maiden Handicap (1,208 metres).
Bathurst trainers are easy to come by across their home meeting.
One runner to keep an eye on will be Roy L McCabe’s I’m Away in the Benchmark 60 Handicap (1,400m).
The Intergaze gelding is back from a spell in the hopes of rekindling his stellar form from earlier this year.
McCabe also has M’Lady Grace and Opulent Heir in action – two horses also not long into their new preparations.
Dean Mirfin (Art ‘N’ Ollie, Repentant, Winterconi and Heroes) and Paul Theobald (Beerwillfixit, Pretty Snazzy and Attilius) give Bathurst plenty of representation on the track.