Star reinsman Chris Voak says the plan is to lead from the front with The Code Breaker and believes his charge will be hard to beat at Gloucester Park on Good Friday.
The Code Breaker has just returned from a seven-month break and has finished towards the back of the field in his two starts since resuming.
He goes again in the 2536m Garrard’s Here On Track Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night and Voak is expecting a different outcome on this occasion.
His charge will jump from barrier two and he has a clear race-plan in his mind.
“I reckon if he is able to lead, he will be very hard to run down,” Voak said ahead of the race. “So, Plan A is to lead.”
In his last outing at Gloucester Park last week The Code Breaker was well placed with 250m to go before fading badly to finish back in 11th place. But Voak is expecting much improvement in his latest assignment.
“The Code Breaker was short of a run last week when I gave him plenty to do,” Voak added. “He was three deep from the 1200m, and they went 27.9sec. down the back. He has trained on well since last week’s run.”
An early battle for the lead with Texas Tara and Palatino, who will start from barrier one and three respectively, looks to be on the cards.
Star driver Emily Suvaljko who is partnered with Palatino is expecting as much.
“He is a very good frontrunner who very rarely gets beaten when he leads,” she said of her charge. “The two horses on his inside could also be keen to lead, so if we can’t lead it will be ideal to get some cover.”