Trainer Brendan Corver is giving Cut Snake a great chance to score back to backs wins in the $70,000 Esperance Cup (2000m) on Sunday.
Corver prepared Cut Snake to win last year and believes the gelding’s Esperance track experience can propel him to a second victory.
With seven wins and six placings from 17 Esperance appearances, Cut Snake holds the best track record against his 15 cup rivals.
The son of Moysater also maintains an edge in the track and distance record, winning three races and placing once from four starts.
Cut Snake has drawn barrier 20, but is likely to start from barrier 16 if the emergencies do not gain a stat. Ryan Hill takes the ride.
Corver, who is chasing his second Esperance Cup, says he goes into the race with optimism.
“The state of the track really suits this horse and he has a great record,” Corver said.
“You can come from anywhere with a wide bend and long straight.
“He loves racing in Esperance and being stabled on-course.
“He can be a handful and doesn’t like the travel.
“I’ve had this race in mind since he won it last year.
“In my mind his form this time around is just as good.
“I don’t think there is a standout in the race.
“It’s an even field with good depth.
“I Done It and Rhino Buster have done nothing wrong.
“But I can’t see why my horse won’t win it again.”
Baldivis-based Corver won the Esperance Cup in 2010 after Danish Currency defeated Key’s Ace and Troubled Smile.
If successful Cut Snake will join Special Jester as the only two horses to win dual Esperance Cups in the modern era.
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