GOULBURN trainer Danny Williams is still trying to decide whether to run Don't Give A Damn in Friday's $100,000 Muswellbrook and District Workers Club Muswellbrook Cup (1500m) or in Saturday's Group Three Doncaster Prelude at Rosehill.
Don't Give A Damn has equal top weight of 62kg for the Cup and only 53kg for the Prelude.
"We are 50/50 on which way we will go with him," Williams said.
"I have already had a talk with the owner and he is keen to run in the Cup but I want to talk with the handicapper and see if he would get a penalty if he was to win the Prelude.
"The horse trialled this morning and it was great work and I think this is the best I have had the horse."
Williams said he is also considering backing up Chewbacca in the Cup following his second at Goulburn on Monday behind stable mate Art of Dance.
"I thought he would win and I thought the run was a bit disappointing," he added.
"But, I am still giving thought to running him in the Cup."
Twelve months ago Don't Give A Damn won the Country Championships Wild Card at Muswellbrook to qualify for the championship Final, in which he ran second.
Apart from Don't Give A Damn and Chewbacca, Williams also nominated the 2017 Albury Cup winner Green Sweet and Volpe, a winner over 1500m at Rosehill.
"Green Sweet is looking for 2000m while Volpe is no good on any sort of rain affected going," he said.
Twenty-three horses have been nominated for the Cup including gallopers from city trainers John Sargent, Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, Clare Cunningham and Richard Freedman.
Sargent has nominated the lightly-raced five-year-old Gauguin, the winner of four races and all on city tracks up to 1600m.
The Waterhouse and Bott stable nomination is Sondelon, a last start Rosehill winner over 1500m but the horse is also an acceptor at Warwick Farm on Wednesday while he has been nominated for the Doncaster Prelude.
Cummingham has nominated Great Job, which ran consecutive seconds on the Kensington track and at Canterbury before being sent for a break.
He has a good first up record with a win and two seconds.
The Freedman-trained The Bandit is an interesting runner.
He ran second in the Listed Andrew Ramden Stakes (3200m) at Flemington when trained by John Sadler before running fifth in the Moe Cup and sixth in the Moonee Valley Cup.
Later he was switched to John Thompson and then to Freedman for his last preparation where he scored a win and two seconds in the city from nine starts before being sent for a break.
Muswellbrook Race Club general manager Duane Dowell said the decision to switch the Cup to autumn had paid off.
"The quality and depth of entries is outstanding," he added.
"The other pleasing aspect is the quality of the field for the sprint.
"This promises to be a great day of racing and the track will be in great order and much better than the heavy 8 we had on Sunday."
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