MONTHS of planning could pay dividends at Globe Derby tomorrow night.
Setting the Southern Cross series as Hilltopsomewhere’s main mission for the season, father-and-son combination Peter and Aaron Bain are thrilled to have the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere in the Final.
Not only did Hilltopsomewhere qualify for the Group Two, she is among the leading prospects despite her awkward draw.
Successful at her two starts from a spell, including her heat last weekend, Hilltopsomewhere wil begin from barrier 10.
Pleased with the filly’s progress, Aaron believes Hilltopsomewhere will improve on her latest performance.
“She’s had an ideal preparation and we couldn’t be happier with her,” Bain said. “This has been our main focus for months, so to have her in the Final, and in with a chance, is great.
“The draw could be better, but we’ll deal with it.”
Selecting defending champion Saphirique as the one to beat, Bain believes Waitpinga Poppy “holds the key” to the feature.
Also triumphant in her heat, Saphirique will begin from gate seven, with Waitpinga Poppy drawn six.
“Saphirique is the one to beat, but it has opened up a bit given her wide draw,” Bain said. “Shes Fine comes into from barrier two, but Waitpinga Poppy holds the key to the race.
“Ryan (Hryhorec) can go to the lead with Waitpinga Poppy and that could play a big role in the outcome.”