Wodonga trainer David O'Prey chasing first Jack Maher Classic win in two decades

Wodonga trainer David O'Prey is confident Stanlevie will run a good race in the Jack Maher Classic on Saturday.

Wodonga trainer David O'Prey is confident Stanlevie will run a good race in the Jack Maher Classic on Saturday.

WODONGA trainer David O’Prey will launch a two-pronged attack on Saturday’s Jack Maher Classic (1200m) as he chases his first win in the race for two decades.

Stanlevie and Our Cashier will attempt to emulate the feats of O’Prey’s galloper Timed in 1997.

Tom O'Connor

Tom O'Connor

Thirty per cent of Stanlevie is owned by Wodonga race club members.

“They have had a couple of official jump-outs and improved each time,” O’Prey said.

“Both have stood up pretty well and hopefully they can handle the conditions if it rains.

“It’s been a while since I won the race.

“I think I had hair back then.”

In the same year he won the Jack Maher Classic, O'Prey claimed the Albury Gold Cup with Baby Bomber.

Stanlevie and Our Cashier are first-starters.

The Darren Weir-trained Prevailing Winds is also in Saturday’s field.

“We haven’t raced in five months so the track is in good order,” Wodonga general manager Tom O’Connor said.