ALTHOUGH he is positive former top youngster Scooterwillrev will adjust to open class racing, trainer Craig Hayes admits he is unsure how the gelding will fare in Launceston on Sunday night.
Boasting 16 wins and four placings from 20 starts in his home state, Scooterwillrev is engaged in the free-for-all against a field of “race fit and experienced” rivals.
The talented son of Somebeachsomewhere will be second-up from a spell, having finished third on March 18 when returning from a seven-month break.
“I’ve got no doubt he is right up there in ability with the open class horses,” Hayes said. “It’s just a matter of getting his fitness up.
“I was happy with his first run back and he has been training on well since. He will improve for the run and extra track work, but whether he is ready for the others, which are race fit and experienced, we will see on the weekend.”
To Hayes’ delight, Scooterwillrev has drawn barrier two, which should see the four-year-old settle close to, or in, the lead.
“The draw certainly gives Rohan (Hadley, driver) some options at the start,” Hayes said. “He does have gate speed, but so do a few of the others.”
Scooterwillrev’s opposition include veteran marvel, Destreos, which is still searching for his 100th win for trainer Ken Rattray.
The 14-year-old will begin from the outside of the front row.