Milwaukee, Hawker Hurricane Ballarat-bound

A pair of straight-track performers from the Michael Moroney stable will make a rare trip away from their home course on Saturday.

Milwaukee and Hawker Hurricane have raced extensively down Flemington's straight track but run in a pair of $150,000 races at Ballarat.

Hawker Hurricane contests the Magic Millions 3&4YO Classic (1100m) while Milwaukee is entered for the Hertz Ballarat Tonks Plate (1200m), an open handicap.

Milwaukee's past six starts have been down the straight, during which time he has won two handicaps and been Stakes placed on three occasions, including his latest outing in the $175,000 Listed MSS Security Sprint (1200m) on November 5.

"He's got impeccable straight form that naturally goes forward and whilst he's not a push-button horse, he knows what he is doing on race day," said Moroney's assistant trainer Jack Turnbull.

Milwaukee was allocated equal topweight with 60kg but Michael Poy's 2kg claim provides weight relief.

Poy's first city winner was registered in last year's Tonks Plate aboard Jungle Edge, who led throughout.

While Hawker Hurricane has displayed a fondness for the Flemington straight with two-consecutive placings, including his third in the $175,000 Listed Poseidon Stakes (1100m) on October 5, his only victory came in the $200,000 Magic Millions Clockwise Classic (1000m) during last year's Ballarat Cup Day fixture.

Hawker Hurricane became Moroney's first Australian pre-Christmas juvenile winner in more than a decade when claiming the Clockwise Classic.

"He's raced in good form, going to another level this spring and has been a bit unlucky not to have won another race by now," Turnbull said.

"In his past couple of races on turning tracks he has shown a tendency to float around corners so that's why we've kept him to racing down the straight.

"He's carried a cross over nose band for his past three starts, which have all been down the straight. He's drawn barrier seven of 12 so I'm hoping that he can have something on his outer when cornering as that will aid him."

The Moroney stable will have seven runners at Ballarat, including recent country cup winners Hang Man (Benalla Cup) and Gundown (Moe Cup) in the $500,000 Sportsbet Ballarat Cup (2000m).