While Australia's leading country singers are hoping to win a Golden Guitar at Tamworth's Country Music awards night this weekend, Eglington traineris also striving to win a Golden Guitar of a different kind. Hurst will have three runners in Tamworth's feature on Friday and believes he has a strong chance of hitting the right note at the Carnival of Cups meeting.
"We are pleased to have qualified the three horses for Friday's Golden Guitar at Tamworth, each of the runners has been racing extremely well and I'm hoping it is our night," Hurst said.
"I will be driving Major Gambler, Angela (Hedges) will be driving Smokin Bopper and I'm just going to wait and have a look at what drivers are going to the meeting before deciding on a driver for We Own The Night."
Smokin Bopper was impressive winning his heat on Sunday and while the win was not a shock for Hurst he admits the performance of the five year old since arriving from New Zealand late last year has been a bit surprising.
"He is in terrific form at the moment but he's been going really well all season, he was a pretty cheap horse out of New Zealand and the owners just wanted a horse that was ready to go to the races but he has been getting better and better and has done a fantastic job."
"The bookmaker Mark Johnston and a few mates own him, every time he races they make a day or a night out of it and they are good people to train for and because Smokin Bopper is only a C2 he has drawn better than Major Gambler which makes him the best chance for the stable."
Major Gambler has impressed Hurst since resuming and is relaxing more in his races.
"He's had about six runs back from a long spell and I'm really happy with him, he hasn't won a race this time in but he hasn't been far away and he is not pulling as much as he used to while We Own The Night normally takes a few races to find his best and isn't too far away either."
Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |