Nanango hosts Battle of the Bush qualifier on Saturday
NANANGO-BASED trainer Glenn Richardson had two starts at Racing Queensland's inaugural Battle of the Bush series last year.
In Nanango this Saturday, he will be doing his best to get back to the event to claim bragging rights in country racing.
"It was a good-quality country racing field, but the difference was we were racing for $61,000 for first place," Richardson said.
"The horses I qualified for the race are racing for $5000 most of the time, so if you qualify it is a good opportunity."
The fourth race of the day in Nanango will be the Battle of the Bush qualifier.
It is one 16 qualifiers across eight regions that will culminate in the final at Tattersall's Tiara Raceday at Eagle Farm on Saturday, June 22.
Candid and Klammer lined up for Richardson in the final last year, and Candid will be battling for a start again by taking to the track on Saturday.
Richardson has also nominated Avalanche Warning and Schindler for the qualifier.
"We have got a couple of chances but I couldn't say I am overly confident," Richardson said.
"The three I have nominated for Saturday are all capable if things go their way, but we will need a bit of luck."
Qualifying at Saturday's meeting will be no easy task as Richardson's horses will be up against Oakey-trained Go Get Sum who won the qualifier in Nanango last year.
Go Get Sum went on to claim third place and $10,500 in the final.
Lil Ruby Rose, trained by Cherie Vick, is also nominated, coming off a first place in Wondai on Anzac Day, and third at the most recent Nanango races.
Brian Laherty will be looking for Machu Pitchu to repeat its first-place result in Nanango on April 20, after finishing in first in its last race on May 11 in Warwick.
Richardson said the initiative was a credit to Racing Queensland, from the barrier draw function on Queen Street Mall, to looking after the owners and their families on race day.
"This year it has even more of an interest than it did last year, with everyone seeing how successful it was, and three from last year have already qualified so the field is looking similar," he said.
"It was a really big success and everyone who got the chance to go is looking to go back."
If unsuccessful on Saturday, Richardson will try his luck one more time in Goondiwindi.