Brian Honey isn't going into the Wagga Gold Cup carnival with too many expectations but that is a plan which has paid dividends before.
Last year Lace Monster was a late entry into the Million Dollar Chase heats at Wagga and she ended up on top.
Now she's looking to defy the odds again in the first of three heats of the Graeme Hull Memorial Wagga Gold Cup (525m) on Friday night.
"I think there will be some very good dogs in it," Honey said. "She was interfered with badly last week so she might get a run now from the one box."
Coming up with box one is sure to help her chances.
Honey is just looking for some luck in the red box.
"It will be a big help for her and as long as she can stay in tow with them she will be getting home hard," he said.
"But there are some very good dogs who all come here when the big money is on."
The Wagga trainer also lines up Glorious Leader in the Men Of League Agro Challenge 1-4 Wins (320m) series.
Named in honour of his late son Geoff, it would be a special race to win.
However Honey would be just as pleased for someone else to come out on top.
"We want someone else to win it," he said. "It would be a bit embarrassing but she has to have run."
Glorious Leader will also need to turn her form around after coming up short in her last nine starts.
It's her first run in six weeks and just her third since early January after having her toe removed.
"She's had a toe off so it has been a while since he's had a run," Honey said.
"She's had a bad toe for a long time and now she has to learn to run on it now.
"I think she will go alright as she's trialling good."
Sister Tee also gained a start in the final series of the night, the Wayne 'Butch' Pertzel Memorial (400m).
All three finals will be run next Friday.
The trio are all from the same litter and while Honey has tasted plenty of success with them he expects their run is about to end.
"I just put them in as they were a little bit short and said to put them where they could," he said.
"I think they might be a little strong for them this week and they are getting a bit old my dogs."
Wagga racing manager John Patton is pleased with the strength of the cup heats.
He thought the Lord kennel would prove to be the toughest to beat.
"Frank Hurst is travelling from Sydney, Peter Sims has dogs in there and Jodie Lord's dogs will be the hardest to beat in the heats but I think they are all pretty competitive," Patton said.
The first of 11 races is at 7.04pm.