HANDY pacer Bettor Party faces an arduous task in his bid to reclaim his Victor Harbor Cup title tomorrow.
Successful in the 2017 edition of the provincial feature, Bettor Party finished second behind his stablemate Our Jericho in last season’s running.
This time around the son of Bettors Delight will have to overcome a 20-metre back mark for trainer Les Harding, who is less than confident in the Bettor Party’s prospects.
“Although not impossible, it is nearly too hard to win from 20 metres,” Harding said. “It’s never easy giving them a start, but at least over 2660 metres he has the opportunity to make up the ground.”
To be driven by premier reinswoman Dani Hill, Bettor Party has had two starts from a spell – both from 20-metre handicaps.
A first-up fourth at Globe Derby was followed by a third in the Strathalbyn Cup behind Tezz Khora and Make Mine Joe, which are both among his rivals again.
Tezz Khora will also come from 20 metres, with Make Mine Joe drawn along the front line.
Despite the appearance of Bettor Party’s recent conquerors, Harding rates top performer Emain Macha as the one to beat.
Fresh from his Christmas Cup triumph last weekend, Emain Macha will begin from the 10-metre mark.
“Emain Macha will be pretty hard to beat,” Harding said. “He’s a very nice horse and we’re giving him a start.
“Bettor Party is feeling great within himself and will be better for a couple runs back, but he’s got a pretty difficult task ahead of him.”