A “last minute decision” to nominate litter brothers Always A Thrill and Fire Hose for the $74,335 Group 2 C.K.H. Painting Shepparton Cup (450m) could pay a handsome reward for veteran Sale trainer Chris Tilley on Saturday night.
Tilley, 76, celebrated a memorable ‘family’ heat double on Monday with Fire Hose and Always A Thrill, which both had the advantage of box one, clocking 25.12sec and 25.15sec, respectively.
“It was terrific they both won, but the hard part was kneeling down for two photos!” Tilley laughed.
“But if they’re giving me $47,000 on Saturday night, I’ll kneel down for as long as they want me to! I’ll worry about getting up afterwards.”