THE fact they are even in the race should be warning enough.
Add their strong form to the equation and it becomes a “beware” situation.
Undertaking the flight across the Nullarbor this morning, top West Australian pair – Ten To The Dozen and Xceptional Arma – are being floated to Club Menangle as this article is being written.
The quality two-year-olds are completing the arduous journey ahead of tomorrow night’s $400,000 Australian Pacing Gold Finals, and as one rival trainer put it, “they wouldn’t be coming if they didn’t think they were a real chance of winning!”
Co-training Ten To The Dozen with his wife, Skye, Greg Bond is confident the son of Art Major will play a role in the finish.
To be driven by local champion, Luke McCarthy, Ten To The Dozen has won his last four starts, including last week’s APG Bullion Final at Gloucester Park.
“He’s coming over in the right form,” Bond said. “We were very happy with his condition when he left home and hopefully he won’t be worried by the trip.
“He has drawn well in three, which gives him every chance.”
Along with the lion’s share of the prizemoney, Ten To The Dozen is eligible for the whopping $250,000 bonus on offer.
To collect the cash Ten To The Dozen – or any eligible winner – has to score in better than 1:51.3.
“The bonus is certainly a tremendous carrot,” Bond said. “I’d say the speed will be one and the winner will go close to the mark…hopefully it is him.
“Emma’s (Stewart) one, Stormryder, is the one to beat from five.”
Also triumphant in an APG Bullion Final, Xceptional Arma boasts an impressive record of three wins and three placings from six starts.
Prepared by respected horseman Colin Brown, the daughter of American Ideal is the $3.20 second elect with TAB Fixed Odds after drawing barrier four.
Eye Believe heads the market for Nathan Jack at $1.75 from gate six.
The successful filly needs to break the 1:52.1 barrier to earn the bonus.