Big Ticket is set to line up in his sixth group race tonight in the $48,000 Group 2 Maitland Gold Cup over the 450 metre distance.
Last Friday Big Ticket (Pictured above with trainer Steve Clarke) won his heat in a blistering 24.82 seconds, 0.12 seconds off Magic Spring’s track record set in 2015.
WATCH: Big Ticket’s Maitland Gold Cup heat win from box 4.
The 11 hour trip from Tooradin to Maitland isn’t for the faint-hearted.
“The travel doesn’t bother him (Big Ticket) at all; I do get a bit sick of driving though!”
“The trip is definitely worthwhile even if he doesn’t win the race because of potential stud duties; I want people in NSW to see what he is capable of.”
Big Ticket’s stud potential would sky-rocket if he is able to go two length faster than last week, to possibly add a track record to his resume in tonight’s interstate feature.
“With a clear run a track record is a possibility.”
“With a clear run a track record is a possibility” – STEVE CLARKE
Jumping from box 3 as the current $2.50 favourite, the pressure will be on Big Ticket and fellow Victorian finalist, Aston Bolero (Jason Thompson), who also figures prominently in betting after drawing Box 6.
Aston Bolero also won his heat last week, clocking a slick 24.84 seconds over the 450 metre distance.
“Aston Bolero is the dog to watch and you certainly can’t go off Marbo’s Magic (Box 5), who has won 10 out of his 11 starts and obviously has a lot of ability.”
Big Ticket is a campaigned group performer, having previously contested three Group 2 Country Cup finals.
“You would like to think one would go his way. Hopefully the experience he has gained works in his favour. Group races are high pressure from the moment the boxes open.”
“I thought he should have won the Horsham Cup, but he checked off the heels of Shared Bonus and injured himself so he couldn’t run it out. I definitely thought that was his race.”
Clarke also has his eyes on the Warrnambool Cup in May.
“He is definitely be the best dog I have trained so it’s exciting to travel around for big races.”