EXPECTED to arrive at her destination in a few hours, Victorian horsewoman Charlene Gusman remains unsure if she is “kidding” herself by undertaking the journey.
In what is an ambitious plan, Gusman will spend the next “two or three weeks” at Club Menangle in an attempt to qualify her handy pacer, Hes Charlies Angel, for the famed Chariots Of Fire.
Australia’s premier four-year-old event, the Chariots Of Fire is scheduled to be run at Club Menangle on February 18.
As such, Hes Charlies Angel will contest the Hondo Grattan Stakes at the world-class venue on Saturday night in a bid to gain an invitation to the Group One.
“I don’t know if I am being brave or silly, but it is one of the two,” Gusman said.
“I could be kidding myself by going up there, but I have the opportunity to give it a go, so I am.
“It has been in the back of my mind for a couple of months and I pretty much only really decided a couple of weeks ago.
“It will double as a working holiday while being a learning curve for both of us.
“I’ll be stabling him at Menangle and will potentially be there for two or three weeks. I’ll take each week at a time and see how it goes.”
To be driven by Gusman, Hes Charlies Angel has been afforded no favours with the draw, with the son of Sweet Lou receiving barrier 11.
The gelding slots into nine with the removal of the emergencies.
“We’ve got the visitor’s draw and will most likely be sitting last from there,” Gusman said. “I’ll have to hope for a good trip into it and see if he can finish well enough.
“I think he will thrive on the big track, so it will be interesting to see how he goes.
“He’s competed against some of the best of his crop in races like the Breeders’ Crown and Vicbred Finals, but this would be the strongest overall field he has been in.
“Mahomes is the one to beat from the pole as he has the draw, fitness and experience on his side.”