Hunter Downplays Premiership Hype

6
May

Paul Hunter remains understated and says winning the Albany Trainer’s premiership would be reward for hard work but it won’t reflect his ability as a horseman.

Hunter is locked in a titanic battle with Steve Wolfe and is just one win away from squaring the ledger ahead of Thursday’s season ending meeting.

“It would be nice to win it but it won’t be changing my world,” said Hunter.

“You go into any season just trying to train as many winners as you can.

“It doesn’t make be a better trainer than anyone else.

“I guess it also reflects the number of horses we have in work.

“On reflection some of our youngsters didn’t come on as expected.

“I look at someone like Neill Lee who has had an outstanding year with a small team.”

Hunter might be downplaying the hype but he is within sight of claiming the premiership with a strong team entered for Thursday.

Headling the stable attack will be in-form gallopers Fair Troy and Hot Goth who are striving to reach a winning hat trick.

Hunter believes Theseus can belie his recent starts and will be improved over the 1520m of the Become a Member for Our 150th Year In 2015 Handicap.

There is bright news on the horizon for Hunter with the imminent return of talented galloper Dream Lifter.

The son Danehill Express, who has won three races from six starts, has been out injured for close to a year.

He hasn’t raced since his ninth in the Belmont Guineas (1600m) but is close to a comeback after two trials.