The Moora Race Club holds fond memories for Jayne Busslinger and she is hoping to continue that affinity on Saturday.
At Moora 36 years ago, just six weeks after being granted her license, Busslinger won her maiden race as a trainer with Ascomico.
It was Busslinger’s first ever starter in a race and she said the passages of time have failed to dim her special memory.
Busslinger can add to her Moora memoirs when she saddles Hartley Enough in the Moora Toyota Moora Cup (1800m).
The Hartley’s Spirit five-year-old has won four of his 20 starts and staked his claim with a fast closing victory at Toodyay (1300m) two weeks ago.
Despite blundering the start and settling towards the tail of the field, he flashed home strongly and defeated Baggy Eyes by a long neck.
Hartley Enough, who has drawn barrier eight of ten for Lisa Staples, has yet to register a win beyond a mile but Busslinger believes he can overcome a distance query.
“The distance is a minor concern but the way he finished off at Toodyay gives me confidence,” said Busslinger.
“He lost ground at the start and had to make ground but Lisa (Staples) rode a superb race and he ran over the top of them.
“That run convinced me to have a go at the race and in my view I don’t consider it to be a strong line-up.
“If he can handle the track and get over any issue to do with the distance I’m sure he will run a nice race.”
Busslinger, who is recovering from a knee replacement, can get a jump on her rivals when Silver Dollar and The Swallow contest the opening two races on the six race card.
Silver Dollar’s recent form has been poor and Busslinger is hoping a gear change will bring about a reversal of fortune in the Drovers Inn RSM Bird Cameron Maiden (1000m).
The Swallow should strip fitter at his second run back this preparation and holds appeal after a last-start sixth to Gigidy Gigidy Goo at Northam.
Lisa Staples combines with the four-year-old from barrier three in the Melrose Celebrations Maiden (1190m).
RWWA: Julio Santarelli