Experienced Yanco horseman David Eurell will be looking to spring an upset on Sunday night and win the MIA Breeders Plate some 46 years after his first success in the race.
Eurell combined with Les Stockton to win the 1975 MIA Breeders Plate as a reinsman when he drove King Adroit to victory in the time-honoured feature.
Eurell has had few starters in the race as a trainer but boasts arguably the greatest danger to the favourite, Sugar Apple, in this year's edition at Lin Gordon Paceway in Leeton on Sunday night.
Eurell will be represented by Quartzite, who has drawn the inside of the second row in the group three $30,000 Southern Central Engineering Breeders Plate (1758m).
Sugar Apple, trained by Jason Grimson and to be driven by Blake Jones, will start a short-priced favourite in the final on the back of his 1:55.6 heat win last week.
Eurell concedes his horse, and the others, face an almighty challenge after Sugar Apple came up with gate one.
"On the way the other horse went in the heat, no I don't think we can turn the tables," Eurell said.
"(Sugar Apple) looked a beautiful going horse. He wouldn't have much more up his sleeve running the time he did the other night but wouldn't need to."
Peter McRae will again take the drive on Quartzite, who finished third, beaten 16 metres, behind Sugar Apple in the heat.
Eurell hopes they can hold the position behind the leader and make the most of any luck from there.
"I'd think Sugar Apple will lead again. Whether Daryll (Perrot, driver of Mister Rea) might have a bit of a go at him and try to cross, I don't know," Eurell said.
"I would hope Peter can hold the back of the one. If he leads and we have any luck, I would hope he could run a place, for sure, on the back of his last run.
"He's still good in himself."
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Quartzite ran second, behind Always Be Chloe, at Leeton on debut. He then came out and won his second start at Wagga on the back of a 54.4 closing half.
Owned by Chris Woods, out of David Lang's mare Perfect Jenna, Quartzite is going to be a nice horse going forward, according to Eurell.
"He's a lovely horse," Eurell said.
"He'll go to the paddock after this run but he's good enough to come back and win some nice races around here."
The first of the eight-race card at Leeton on Sunday night gets underway at 7.02pm, with the Plate at 9.07pm.
The club will then back up on New Year's night with the running of their Pacers Cup meeting.
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