Bindi Cheers, the horsewoman who finds a way to get the most out of inexpensive racehorses, could have reason for more than one celebration this week.
As a trainer, Cheers has hopes for Zar Zar Binks at Canterbury, in Sydney, today and possibly the Murwillumbah Cup on Sunday but at the other end of the racing scale she's also in with a chance for group one result.
She is the owner of Super Jet, the sire of Skyerush, the Guy Walter-trained mare who runs in the final group one event on the Australian calendar for the season, the A$500,000 Tattersall's Tiara at Eagle Farm on Saturday.
Cheers has made a living by winning races with cut-rate thoroughbreds and it's no surprise Super Jet stands at her Taree property for the bargain basement fee of $1000.
"He's my stud horse but we only take a half dozen to a dozen mares each year because we're just too busy," Cheers said.
"Skyerush is making sure he is doing a good job for a cheaper sort of sire but we're proud of every winner he has."
Super Jet, who stood in Victoria before being sold to Cheers, has sired 63 winners and Skyerush is easily his best performed as she closes in on A$1 million in earnings.
Zar Zar Binks' return almost pales in comparison but he is among the better fancies in the Tab.com.au Handicap (1900m).
The 3-year-old will back up after finishing second on a heavy track at Warwick Farm last week, a race which Cheers says stretched his stamina to the limit.
"I don't think he's a real dead-set stayer but he helps me keep paying the bills," she said.