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    Beware the Ides of March! Beware the Ides of March!

    THE IDES OF MARCH - Photo Dan Costello

    CLEVERLY-NAMED pacer The Ides Of March is expected to have little trouble ‘assassinating’ his rivals at Albion Park tonight. Successful at his first two... Beware the Ides of March!

    CLEVERLY-NAMED pacer The Ides Of March is expected to have little trouble ‘assassinating’ his rivals at Albion Park tonight.

    Successful at his first two starts for trainer Donny Smith, The Ides Of March was a handy fifth a fortnight ago after beginning from the inside of the second row.

    Thrilled with the gelding’s track work since, Smith stated it is hard to see The Idea Of March being beaten.

    “He worked really well on Wednesday and is feeling great,” Smith said. “I couldn’t be happier with him leading into the race.

    “If he goes as well as I know he can I can’t see him being beaten. His biggest danger is probably himself.

    “He’s got some tricks to him and is not 100 per cent genuine as he can switch off, but if you get him in the right mood he is pretty special.”

    To be driven by Nathan Dawson, The Ides Of March has drawn barrier five, with Smith predicted the son of Julius Caesar will be pushed forward in search of the lead.

    “He will go forward from there and we’ll see where he settles,” Smith said. “Psychedelic should be running home from the second row, which could see him become a danger.”

    With no major plans in mind for the five-year-old, Smith will continue to ease The Idea Of March through the grades.

    “When he first got here he had a thick winter coat looked like a yak, but is more like racehorse now with the better weather,” Smith said.

    “After tonight I hope to get another country front or two into him then head back to Saturday nights.

    “I think he can go through the grades pretty quickly so we’ll see how far he can get.”

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