Bendigo trainer Paul Banks has his sights set on a Bendigo Cup berth with lightly-raced stayer Rex Bell.
Banks will run the six-year-old in Wednesday’s Surgeons Race Benchmark 70 Handicap (2400m) at Bendigo and then make a decision on a Cup start.
“If he finishes in the top three then we’ll head to the Bendigo Cup,’’ Banks said on Tuesday.
“We’ve got the best jockey in the world (Damien Oliver) on him and the horse is well. He should have won last start, but the jockey couldn’t get a clear run.
“He’s got some real potential as a stayer and we’re expecting a bold showing.”
Rex Bell’s first eight starts were in England before he was purchased by leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller.
He had four starts with Waller for a second placing before being sold to Victoria.
He had one start with Paul Rocke before Banks bought the horse for $14,000 for a group of businessmen.
In three starts for Banks, the six-year-old has had two placings and last start’s unlucky sixth.
Meanwhile, Banks has resigned from the Bendigo Jockey Club committee after eight months in the role.
“I found the whole experience frustrating,’’ Banks said.
“I can honestly say that everything I have brought to the table has not been actioned.”
Leading trainer Shaun Dwyer and businesswoman Deb Caldwell have joined the committee.
Wednesday’s BJC race meeting starts at 1pm.