ORANGE trainer Peter Stanley is hoping Bon Dia can be the gelding to break his Orange Picnic Cup drought on Saturday at Towac Park.
The six-year-old bay will jump from barrier five in the $4000 Orange Picnic Cup (1300m), against a quality field of picnic battlers - including the Kevin White-trained Shot Putt, the George Hoy-trained Old Mystique and Pass The Bubbly, prepared by Scott Wade, all over 100 start veterans.
But Bon Dia could be the one to watch as the Orange trainer attempts to win his maiden picnic cup.
"He's a versatile galloper. He likes being in work and he likes being here (at the track)," Stanley said.
"It'd be nice to pick up a cheque. He's a lovely old horse.
"Being a local trainer I thought I'd give him a run and support the local club, it'd be nice to win my first (picnic cup)."
Stanley has had some success with Bon Dia. Paying $41 for the win, the bay gelding put together his best race in a vintage career during the Wellington Boot carnival last year, dominating over 2400m to claim the Iron Horse and bring up just his second career win.
He also won over 2400m at Warren three starts back in December, chalking up victory number three.
Stanley knows Saturday's 1300m distance won't suit his only Orange Picnic Cup starter all that much, but he is confident Bon Dia has a few more surprises up his sleeve for punters.
"I know he is dropping back a bit in distance but he is fresh and it's his home track," Stanley said.
"He'll be ready to go."
Meanwhile, young Dubbo trainer Clint Lundholm's stable is really firing at the present time and he'll be represented by two runners at Orange - Feng Shui in the Class B Handicap and Princess Johanne in the 1600m Class B Handicap.
Feng Shui is coming off a last start fourth behind Find Your Manners at Coonamble last Saturday, beaten three lengths; while Princess Johanne is relatively new to the stable having had two unplaced runs.
Princess Johanne was formerly trained at Rosehill by Mick Hood and is now raced by a syndicate that includes John Ball and Marcia Hummel, Peter Carolan and Noel Child.
After the Orange Picnics, the racing attention will move to Wellington's Australia Day holiday meeting on Monday.
The TAB card is made up of seven attractive races with extremely good fields.
The first race is at 2.57pm and the last at 6.45pm which should attract a big crowd.
The meeting is also being held to raise funds for the Coonabarabran Bushfire Appeal.