A $10,000 purchase, 13 opponents and the big carrot of having a chance in a $2 million race-that's the tantalising odds facing Wauchope trainer Colt Prosser.
"How often do you get a chance to run in a $2m race," he said when referring to his two-year-old filly Slice Of Heaven which was to have raced in the Inglis Millenium event at Warwick Farm on Saturday.
The meeting was washed out and is carded for Warwick Farm today (Wednesday), subject to weather and track conditions.
Prosser has adopted the attitude that you can't win it, if you are not in it with the $10,000 buy now looking to be a cheap.
A second at Coffs Harbour and then a win at Grafton for his filly convinced connections to pay the $7500 nomination fee.
She handled the soft going in scoring by a half length at Grafton on January 27 and she has worked well since.
The Rubick filly is a cheap leg into ownership for about 28 people, most family members and friends, and they will be experiencing racing bigtime for the first occasion.
Prosser spotted the filly late in the afternoon and was influenced enough to return the next morning and have the filly out of Heavensentme (apt name) knocked down to him.
"She has a short neck and a solid backside...a typical sprinting type.
"She has a flat back and is no way furnished in her looks yet.
"Top colt Yes, Yes, Yes is by Rubick and his foals have gone up in price since."
He said she had to trial twice to get her licence to be in races as she was fresh for the first trial, missed the start and tried to dislodge jockey Belinda Hodder.
"We are throwing the filly into the deep end but her win was convincing and her sectionals were good."
Prosser also took eight=year=old gelding Prince Mayted to Sydney last Friday and the old fellow notched a third, the race falling away with only six starters after nine scratchings at Canterbury Park.
In 63 starts Prince Mayted, probably having his last campaign this season, has had nine wins and 21 placings for about $310,000 prizemoney.
Prosser returned home with Prince Mayted on Saturday but left Slice Of Heaven with Warwick Farm trainer Con Karakatsanis for his return raceday.
Glen's first win
NEWLY made Taree trainer Glen Milligan had his first winner in his role with six-year-old mare Hold All Tickets ($6.50), ridden by Belinda Hodder, last week.
The Tickets mare was having her ninth start since being bought for just over $5000 at auction and scored by just over a length.
For more than a decade he has helped his father, Bob Milligan, around the stable but his role in the last year has taken on a new meaning since his father's serious horse accident.
"The win is worth celebrating as it is my first in my name as a trainer.
"She has also been placed five times and has won about $33,000 for me and some good mates.
"She had been knocking on the door for a win and could continue her good form,"he said.
MANNING Valley Race Club's meeting this Friday should draw bumper nominations with Port Macquarie's meeting being abandoned on Sunday due to the rain.
One valuable race lost was the MNCRA's Country Championship Preview where many horses would have been having a valuable lead in race to the $150,000 heat of the Championships to be staged at Taree on February 23.
The meeting will be previewed in Friday's Times.