Saturday’s Hawker Cup could be a bit of history repeating as Overstreet shoots for back to back Cup wins in the State’s Mid North.
The Wally Bencic trained seven-year-old won last year's Cup with apprentice Kenny Lau aboard and the two combine once again on Saturday. Overstreet claimed the Cup at $6.50 last year but is likely to start much shorter as the gelding looks ready to deliver third-up in the Cup after two warm-up runs over much shorter distances.
Bencic has actually claimed the last two editions of the Hawker Cup as the Orroroo based trainer won the 2016 Cup with In Tapei, while the 2017 was abandoned after being washed out.
Trevor Trenowden’s Mr Jazz Man won on Hawker Cup Day last year and after that victory went on to win the Penong Cup and run second in the Streaky Bay Cup. His record on dirt tracks is sensational with all six of his career victories coming on the surface.
Ex-European galloper, Dance of Heroes is having his third run for Kylie McKerlie after arriving from the Grant Young stable. His first two hit outs for McKerlie were on her home track of Port Augusta and he performed much better last start to run second on the dirt. The 75 start veteran is by far the most experienced runner in the field and has got to be a big chance in this company.
David Jolly’s Fulton Street is the really interesting runner in the Cup field. His last start run was a second placing in BM70 company at Murray Bridge, while earlier this year was contesting BM90 grade races. Jolly has never had a runner at Hawker but has a ridiculous strike rate when he takes them down the road to Port Augusta with 15 wins from 33 races at a 45% strike rate.
Kazoom is the 2018 Roxby Downs Cup winner and regular at the Broken Hill races. He was a winner at Port Augusta two starts back over 1867m and if he can produce a similar run to that on Saturday he goes in as a good chance.
While you can make a case for most of the runners in the field, a miracle may be needed if Mantilla is to take home the Cup. The mare with one career win to her name has finished last in her last two starts by a combined margin of over 30 lengths.