Lena Kuzmicich can thank her two younger brothers for what has been a perfect introduction to horse ownership.
Because of her sibling’s generosity Kuzmicich is experiencing the thrill of a lifetime with Tradesman and Wayside.
Tradesman is the pick of the pair after posting four wins from six starts in an impressive maiden campaign.
The Trade Fair gelding looks destined for an exciting future after scalps in the Listed Belmont Guineas (1600m) and Dayana Plate (2000m) at Belmont Park during the winter.
Wayside doesn’t boast the same record and in all likelihood won’t reach the same status as Tradesman, but he remains a firm favourite with, Kuzmicich.
The son of Choisir was previously under the direction of Grant Williams at Karnup and raced for leading owner-breeders, Bob and Sandra Peters.
A change of environment has revitalised Wayside and against weaker company he has failed to finish out of the first three placings in five starts.
His best performance arrived in July when he kicked away to put a decisive three length margin over his nearest rival, Trade Tip.
Wayside’s improved form has prompted the gelding’s trainer, Geoff Rodier, to target the $50,000 XXXX-Gold Carnarvon Cup (2000m) on Saturday
Roddier understands what it takes to win the staying feature having prepared Thunder Halo (2006) and Woodlore to consecutive wins (2007).
For the Kuzmicich clan, who were all born and bred in Carnarvon, winning their home town Carnarvon Cup would be a dream come true.
“My brothers Anthony and Graham have had a lifetime involvement with horses and the Carnarvon Race Club,” said Kuzmicich.
“They had always promised they would get me involved in ownership and it happened to be with Tradesman and Wayside.
“With Wayside there are 16 owners in total with 12 being female.
“All the girls are good friends of mine that I have grown up with.
“We picked out the horses colours and we meet every week.
“We get together for social company and get an update on Wayside.
“We call it “Ricky” Wednesday where there is food, wine and platters.
“There is a bit more excitement this week and we are all a bit nervous.
“Winning the Carnarvon Cup would be like winning the Perth Cup.
“But whatever happens we are excited to have a horse involved.”
Kuzmicich is hoping Wayside can be the entrée to what potentially shapes as a weekend sporting feast
Apart from her Wayside interest, Kuzmicich will keep a close eye two sporting contests in Perth.
“Two of my five children are in football finals,” said Kuzmicich.
“One plays for Swan District colts and the other South Perth amateurs.
“It’s a shame they can’t be here because they have a keen interest in Wayside.
“He has a bit of a following with the two football clubs and they know when he is racing.
“But the rest of my family will be here so I’m hoping we can all celebrate.
“If he manages to win I imagine it could last a few days.”
RWWA: Julio Santarelli