Trainer-driver Aaron Dunn says Bondi Lockdown has been "sensational" in trackwork leading up to Saturday night's Group 1 Chariots of Fire but knows he will need some luck after landing a tough barrier.
Bondi Lockdown looks like being the one to beat but Dunn knows his charge will have to be at the top of his game to overcome the draw and a star-studded field.
The four-year-old was drawn towards the outside of the front row in barrier 11 but will start from nine following the removal of the emergencies.
Dunn is confident his charge can get the job done but knows a lot will have to fall his way.
"The draw hasn’t helped," Dunn told reporters. "We’re going to need a bit of luck from there, particularly at the start. On his run last week Rock N Roll Doo is the one to beat and at least we have drawn inside of him."
Dunn could not be happier with the form of Bondi Lockdown though and he will also be hoping that history can repeat itself at Menangle on Saturday night.
Bondi Lockdown won the Four-Year-Old Bonanza to qualify for the Chariots Of Fire, and four out of the last five winners of that race have gone on to land the big one in their very next start.
"You don’t get the chance to have a runner in those kinds of races very often and I’m excited to be going," Dunn added. "It’s another step up for the Chariots as you would expect.
"Those going up from Victoria after the Bonanza have had a pretty good strike rate during the past few years, so with a bit of luck that can continue with us on Saturday night.
"He has been working sensationally since his last run and will definitely strip fitter, but he will need to be. As long as he gets an even go at them he will be right in the finish."