Longford trainer Paul Hill was hoping he might have kick-started a big week when he scored an overdue win with Sudden Shock at Spreyton on Sunday.
However it now looks like the weight of numbers might stop him in his tracks.
There are so many horses in Victoria that Hill's chances of getting San You into the $75,000 The Hotham at Ballarat on Friday look forlorn.
The race, restricted to maidens, has attracted a staggering 123 entries - with a field limit of just 12.
It's a novelty event - promoted as the Everest for slow horses - and the balloting conditions favour those that have had the most starts without winning.
San You, a $17 chance in the Sportsbet market, has had 22 starts for six placings and is 34th on the order of entry.
"I don't think he's going to get a start," Hill conceded. "But we're very keen to go across if he does.
"(Horse transporter) Vern Poke has assured me he can get us there and has even arranged for us to stay at Ballarat.
"And, Jason Maskiell has agreed to ride him. Jason has ridden him in Tasmania including a couple of times when he said he was unlucky not to win."
If San You does fluke a start, he will be trying to emulate another Tasmanian-trained horse, Woohoo, who won the inaugural Hotham in 2017.
Since then, first prizemoney has risen from $27,500 to $41,250.
WIN NO SHOCK
Sudden Shock is a seven-year-old who has only just won his second race, but Paul Hill is hopeful he has turned the corner.
"He's always been honest but he doesn't know how to win," the trainer said.
"We had a bad prep with him last year when he would go well one week then put in a terrible run at his next start.
"He was pulling up with poor recovery but blood tests couldn't find a problem so we'd just freshen him up and go again - with the same results.
"I kept persisting when I shouldn't have, thinking I'd get him back, but he kept doing the same thing.
"I didn't know what was going on so I eventually put him out on the grass for three or four months.
"Since he's been back, he's re-discovered his form and been pulling up OK."
Sudden Shock has scored both his wins on the synthetic track but Hill is confident he'll be just as competitive back at Mowbray.
FROGGY OUT WEST
Craig Newitt says he might make a trip to the Kalgoorlie Cup an annual event.
Newitt rode five winners at the two-day carnival last week before catching the 'red-eye' home on Saturday night to ride at Spreyton the following day.
Punters who followed him were happy - his winners started at $3.70, $11, $17, $2.80 and $8.50.
Kalgoorlie is almost 600km from Perth (1-1/4 hours by plane) and getting Newitt to join leading WA rider Willie Pike at the two meetings proved a good marketing ploy.
It generated plenty of publicity and they rode 13 of the 17 winners between them.