LOOKING over the South Australia Cup’s honour roll it is amazing to note only six trainers and six drivers have won the feature during the past 12 years!
Mainly Victorians – both natural and adopted – the ‘super six’ include trainers Lance Justice, Geoff Webster, Andy Gath, Emma Stewart and Brent Lilley.
New Zealand horseman Mark Purdon completes the crew.
It is a similar case among the drivers, with Victorians Gavin Lang, Justice, Webster, Kate Gath and Greg Sugars dominating the Cup.
Again Purdon rounds out the six sulky stars.
Of the two groups a pair trainers will attempt to add their name to the honour roll once again at Globe Derby on Saturday night.
As for the drivers, Gath and Sugars are the only returnees.
Gath will take the reins behind Van Mara, which is set to begin from gate six.
Trained by Andy, Van Mara is among the outsiders at $26.
The Gaths were triumphant in the 2014 edition when Caribbean Blaster beat Smoken Up by a head.
According to betting markets, Sugars has the best chance of glory by partnering $2.90 TAB Fixed Odds favourite Little Peanut.
Prepared by Sugars’ wife Jess Tubbs, the son of Blissfull Hall has drawn well in barrier four.
Sugars’ previous wins in the time-honoured event came with Smoken Up in 2012 and Flaming Flutter in 2014.
Stewart is the other trainer searching for an additional victory in the Group Two.
The record-breaking horsewoman will be represented by Somewhere Secret, which has drawn awkwardly in five.
To be driven by Kima Frenning, the son of Somebeachwhere is the third elect at $5.
Stewart captured the 2015 Cup with Guaranteed before returning to score with Shadow Sax in 2018.