Reuber (inside) suffering a narrow defeat to Horrifying at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)
Cindy Alderson is hoping the bob of the head can go her way at Flemington on Saturday when she saddles up Reuber in the $135,000 VRC Member Maureen Salter Plate (2000m).
The gelding has been on the wrong side of the photo finish twice at Headquarters in his career, but his trainer holds some reservations when it comes to a change of luck.
"He's got one of the smallest noses, maybe I need to put a noseroll on him, but the judge might see through that one," Alderson said with a laugh.
Into his eighth run for the preparation, Reuber held off all bar Horrifying at the same track and trip a fortnight ago, with six of his rivals on Saturday finishing behind him in the same race.
"He wouldn't have to improve much to win," Alderson said.
"You'd think he has the right three-year-old staying form in Victoria around horses with the form on the board, unless there is a new one on the block.
"I hope he gets his turn, he is so reliable and honest.
"Things haven't quite gone his way, he didn't get out two starts ago and was left in front too early the other day.
"I'd like to be midfield getting a cosy run, he doesn't do himself any favors from the barriers sometimes, he isn't normally quick into gear."
Having placed in seven of his 12 starts and earned more than $150,000 in prizemoney, Alderson admits she wasn't always so hopeful for the son of Dissident.
"He was bred by my mother and John Heenan, who had a service to Dissident, but I didn't have lots of hopes for him early until we put the blinkers on him," admitted Alderson.
"He is a tiny horse, one of the smallest in our yard and not much to look at, he looks a bit like a deer actually, but he tries hard and has this never-say-die attitude."