Busselton trainer Michael Callegari will be out to end his home town season on a high on Friday night, when Budd Sidewinder lines up in the Busselton Cup (2680m).
The four-year-old has been in career best form this campaign, winning four of his six starts, including three at his home track.
He heads into the Busselton Cup off the back of a credible fifth to Lisdelight last week, when starting off a 60m handicap.
The gelding starts off a 20m handicap in this Friday night’s feature, but Callegari said he would still need luck to win.
“From the handicap around a 600m track, you need a bit of luck,” he said.
“He has won a couple of races from behind and he went close last week from 60.
“It’s a bit of a stronger class but he will be running on.”
Callegari said gelding Budd Sidewinder between his three and four-year-old campaign was a key reason why he had found career best form.
Budd Sidewinder is also in contention to win the Busselton Leading Club Pacer, where he sits just three points behind fellow Cup runner Hillbilly Time.
The son of For A Reason would need to win the Busselton Cup to take out the honour, and hope Hillbilly Time finished outside of the top three.
Callegari, who has just five horses in his stable, trained and drove the Busselton Cup in 2001 with Liquor Baron, and said it would be extra special if he could win the race for a second time.
“It’s always good to win the local cup,” he said.
“We bred the horse as well, it is always good when you breed and own the horse.”
Callegari also has Sammy’s Ideal in a Graduation Pace later in the night over 2030m, and he said the gelding has a few bad habits, but was capable of overcoming them to win off a 20m handicap on Friday.
“He’s a bit erratic, he has one speed and that is flat out,” he said.
“It’s a bit hard for the driver sometimes, but it’s a softer race this week, so if he settles he will be a good chance.”
The Busselton Harness Racing season comes to an end on Friday night, with the running of the $10,000 Busselton Cup the feature event on the program.