COMEBACK pacer Major Crocker is expected to continue his bid to recapture his best form when he heads to Tabcorp Park Menangle on Saturday night.
In what will be his second start for local trainer Michael Doltoff, the son of Art Major is entered in the Campbelltown Catholic Club Cup over 1609 metres.
Despite Major Crocker’s wide draw, Doltoff is confident the gelding will play a prominent role in the finish of the Group Three.
Major Crocker returned to racing last weekend when successful at the same venue in 1:52.3.
Driven by Michael Towers, the multiple feature race winner led throughout from barrier seven to score winding down from Rykov Leis and Power Of Red.
“I was pretty impressed with his first run,” Doltoff said. “He was first-up since last January and was short of race fitness.
“Even though he was in need of the run, he won quite easily and had a bit of fuel still left in the tank.
“His work has really solid this week and he will certainly be better again on the weekend.”
Owned by Harness Racing SA chairman Gary Crocker, the seven-year-old has drawn barrier 10, but slots into nine with the removal of the emergency.
“The draw has made it tougher and he is stepping up again, but he is also fitter and feeling great,” Doltoff said. “As long as he can get the right run at them he’s going to be very hard to beat.
“It will just come down to where he settles and what kind of run he can get from there.”
Doltoff also has My General Lee in the field, with the stallion drawn the pole.
Triumphant around the 1400-metre circuit last month, My General Lee has been unplaced at his four subsequent starts.
“He’s going well enough, but is just at that level where he needs luck,” Doltoff said. “With the right run he can upset a few.”