HAVING enjoyed a high rate of success during previous raids, Brent Lilley hopes to continue the trend on the weekend.
The Victorian horseman is set to contest the two main events during Saturday night’s Globe Derby meeting – the South Australia Pacing and Trotting Cups.
Lilley’s past visits to the troubled venue have netted two Trotters’ Cups, a Pacing Cup and the Pacers’ Derby.
Leannes Boy provided Lilley with his first SA major by securing the 2016 Trotters’ Cup before Our Jimmie captured the Derby in 2017.
Sicario was then triumphant in the 2019 Pacing Cup, while Izmok gave the prominent trainer his second Trotters’ Cup last season.
Missing his defence in 2020, Sicario will attempt to recapture the title from barrier 10.
Sicario is one of two runners looking to register a second Cup win after a gap between their initial success and a subsequent appearance.
Victorious in 2018, Shadow Sax will take his position in the Group Two having drawn gate 11.
Sicario and Shadow Sax are aiming to become just the sixth champion to regain the title since the Cup’s inception in 1939.
Triumphant in 1947, Bandbox returned to the throne in 1949, with her second victory also making the daughter of Van Derby the Cup’s first dual winner.
Young Pedro repeated the feat with wins in 1959 and ‘61. The latter success came in one of two divisions of the Cup, with Billabong Scott winning the other
Westburn Grant became the third member of the group by scoring in 1990 and ’92.
Smoken Up then captured the Cup in 2008 before heading back across the border to win in ’11, ’12 and 13.
Smoken Up also joined Gammalite as the only quadruple Cup winner, with the latter proving too good in 1982, ‘83, ‘84 and ’85,
“Sicario has been running some good races without any luck,” Lilley said. “All he needs is a bit of luck for a change and he can come home with the win.”
Third in last week’s Mildura Trotting Cup, following a win in Warragul’s main squaregaiting event, Stress Factor is among the main chances in the Trotters’ Cup.
To be driven by multiple premiership winning reinsman Daryl Douglas, Stress Factor will begin from the outside of the front row.
“Stress Factor is in good form and will be hard to beat again,” Lilley said. “It’s a pretty even field and he is right in the mix.”