From Hong Kong to Dederang

IT’S 11 years old, hasn’t run competitively in 173 weeks and last won a race way back in 2006.

But veteran galloper Quick Perv will dust off the cobwebs today at Dederang in a bid to claim the town’s iconic cup.

Trained by David O’Prey at Wodonga, the gelding, which has amassed an impressive career earnings of $290,570, last tasted success at Sha Tin in Hong Kong almost seven years ago.

But connections are hoping that will change at Dederang this afternoon — even if O’Prey has his doubts.

“It’ll be a pretty big task for the horse to run a mile first up,” O’Prey said.

“In his day, he was a pretty good horse but he’s a bit more of a dodgy old customer now.

“Having said that, he worked pretty sharply the other day.

“Hopefully, he can repeat that on the day.”

The reason for entering the seasoned galloper was simple.

“Dave Trevethan, who’s out at Gundowring, and a few others own him. It’s about them trying to win the home-town cup again,” O’Prey said.

“They’ve won it before.”

The well-travelled gelding has been in training for the past six months.

And while O’Prey expects him to give a good account of himself, he is a little concerned about the sweltering conditions expected this afternoon.

“It’ll be a bit on the warm side,” he said.

“Hopefully, that doesn’t stop him on the day.”

Quick Perv is the eldest of seven horses in the feature.

In-form Wodonga trainer Brian Cox set to launch a double assault on the cup with Prancing and Cosmo.

The pair shapes as the likely favourites.

Another Wodonga trainer, Sylvia Thompson, took out the famous picnic race with Costa Mucho last year.

Meanwhile, former AFL star Nathan Brown will make an appearance this afternoon as the race ambassador.

The first race starts at 1.55pm, with the Dederang Cup at 4.35pm