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    COMMANDER KIRK - Photo Laura Lebedeff

    WHEN colourful horseman Kevin Pizzuto gives a lightly-raced pacer a big wrap, it’s a good indicator you should pay attention. Trainer of Grand Circuit... Big wrap on lightly-raced APG purchase

    WHEN colourful horseman Kevin Pizzuto gives a lightly-raced pacer a big wrap, it’s a good indicator you should pay attention.

    Trainer of Grand Circuit champion Tiger Tara, along with a strong support stable, Pizzuto knows what traits a top horse requires.

    So when Pizzuto states a veteran of 13 starts can outsprint his Group One winning open class pacer Majordan, it’s a fair sign he has another rising star in his team.

    “He’s got a lot of ability,” Pizzuto said. “At home on the training track he out sprints Majordan.

    “There is plenty to like about him and he should keep getting better.”

    The performer in question is Commander Kirk which is expected to have little trouble continuing his trek through the grades when he heads to Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night.

    Winner of his four starts this time in, Commander Kirk is a prohibitive favourite after drawing barrier five.

    Pleased with the gelding’s starting position, Pizzuto is oozing confidence with the son of Somebeachsomewhere.

    “It’s hard to see him being beaten,” Pizzuto said. “But this is racing, so you’re never home until the race is won.

    “The way he is working, matched with the way he is racing, I’m more than confident he will win again.”

    Purchased by Marc Hanover and Gordon Banks via the Australian Pacing Gold Sales, Commander Kirk boasts eight wins and four placings from 13 starts.

    Elsewhere on the card, Pizzuto has Majordan engaged in the open class event, with the recent Len Smith Miles winner to begin from the outside of the front row.

    “He has freshened up nicely after a couple of hard runs back and is ready to go on with the job,” Pizzuto said. “As always the draw hasn’t helped, but he’ll go well.”

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