SATURDAY night’s barrier draw has put a serious dent in Red Hot Tooth’s bid for a feature hat-trick.
Set to compete in Shepparton, the Kari Males-trained trotter is engaged in The George Gath – named after the legendary horseman.
Widely-regarded as a master of his profession, Gath is the only driver to win at Richmond, Ascot, the Ascot Vale Showgrounds and Moonee Valley.
The first person to win 300 Melbourne races, Gath claimed six Victorian drivers’ premierships, four metropolitan drivers’ premierships, two Adelaide drivers’ premierships and was beaten by a victory in a Sydney drivers’ premiership.
Gath also won four Melbourne and three Adelaide trainers’ premierships.
Gath trained a host of top performers, including trotters Paddy McKinney, Bingen Redmond, Carlottas Pride and Delvin Dancer, while his best pacers were Joy’s John, Heroic Action, Gyro and Tara Meadow.
Tara Meadow recorded the first two minute mile in Victoria.
As for Red Hot Tooth, she will begin from the inside of the second row in the Group Three.
Driven to glory by Zac Phillips in 2018 and ’19, Kerryn Manning is booked to partner the daughter of Yankee Paco.
“With her rating she doesn’t draw very well very often, so you’ve got to get used to it,” Males said. “She is a class mare and is capable of winning from there, but it all comes down to what kind of run she gets.
“It would be nice if she could get the hat-trick and it is what we’ll be hoping for.”
Despite her draw and unplaced effort at her previous start, Red Hot Tooth is the $6 second elect with TAB Fixed Odds.
Mclovin – trained by Gath’s grandson Andy – is the $1.55 favourite from barrier nine.
“She is very good within herself,” Males said. “She galloped at her last start for some unknown reason but has pulled up fine.
“We had her gone over and there is nothing wrong so we’re pressing on.
“It’s a strong field as you would expect in this class, but she should be right in the finish with a touch of luck.”