WHEN it comes to Bendigo Cup day few trainers have enjoyed as much success as Shane Fliedner.
The Bendigo trainer has won at least one race on Cup day the past three years and had several other placegetters.
There's every chance that trend could continue on Wednesday when he saddles up four runners for the day.
"Everyone likes to win a race on their home track and Cup day and I usually like to have a few runners on the day,'' Fliedner said.
"If you can perform well on Cup day it helps create a bit of interest in the stable."
Fliedner admits he had a quieter than normal winter, but things have started to change for the better in recent weeks.
At the Bendigo meeting on Caulfield Cup day he had five runners for one win and three second placings.
The winner, Statutorial, and the placegetters - Gabble, He's Commanding and Churchill Express - represent the stable again on Wednesday.
"All four of them are nice horses who are on the up,'' Fliedner said.
"For those people out there that like to have a little bet each-way, all four of them will give you a good run for your money."
Statutorial creates the most interest after its impressive debut.
The three-year-old defied a betting drift to lead all the way over 1400m.
He steps up in class and distance in Wednesday's Yalumba 0-64 Handicap (1600m).
"There might be more speed this time and he won't have to lead,'' Fliedner said.
"He should be parked right behind them and he'll get his chance. It's hard to win straight after winning your maiden, but he'll run well."
Fliedner expects Statutorial to get out over 2000m next campaign.
He's Commanding was unlucky not to join Statutorial as a winner on debut.
He's Commanding didn't have the best of luck in running when second to the smart Melting Moment.
"He hit a bit of traffic and the traffic cost him,'' Fliedner said.
"If there's no stars in the first starters he should be right amongst it."
Gabble made up good late ground when second to stablemate Statutorial on debut.
Gabble stays at 1400m and gets the services of Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Brett Prebble.
"Gabble did a lot of things wrong, but his last 100m was the best part of the race,'' Fliedner said.
"He's come on well from that run."
Churchill Express heads the weights in the final event of the day.
The four-year-old saves its best form for Bendigo, but Fliedner is worried about barrier 13.
"If he had have drawn a barrier I'd be very confident,'' Fliedner said.
"From out in that gate he's going to need luck. We'll need a good ride from Harry (Coffey). If he gets the luck he needs he can be in the finish."