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    WILL RIXON

    HANDY mare Im Presie Belle is among the most in-form pacers racing in New South Wales. Prepared at Pheasants Nest by Peter Rixon, the... Draw puts in-form mare’s perfect season at risk

    HANDY mare Im Presie Belle is among the most in-form pacers racing in New South Wales.

    Prepared at Pheasants Nest by Peter Rixon, the last start Canberra Cup winner is owned by well-known Condell Park couple Peter and Loretta Dewsbury, who bred the daughter of Mach Three from their former champion juvenile, White Thunder.

    A winner of 14 races, Im Presie Belle has performed consistently throughout her career and will head to Penrith tomorrow night hoping to extend her perfect season to five

    The five-year-old’s winning streak is in danger, however, after drawing gate nine over 1720 metres.

    Rixon’s son, Will, will partner Im Presie Belle which he stated is rapidly becoming one of his favourites to drive.

    “She is a talented little mare with a massive motor,” Will said. “Dad has managed her racing program well as she steps through the grades, and she is taking it all in her stride.

    “The way she flattened out last start to win the Canberra Cup was impressive.

    “The leader and odds-on favourite Tin Tin Jo set a farcical early speed over the long trip, and we were a fair way off them at the bell, but she knuckled down late to get the victory.

    “I do feel she is in another winnable race and should be able to track through from the second line and then get over the top of her opposition.”

    Looking ahead, Im Presi Belle is likely to graduate to Saturday night racing at Tabcorp Park Menangle.

    As is customary, Will has a busy night at Penrith where he will drive in five of the eight races.

    Apart from Im Pressi Belle, Will’s best winning chance appears to be with the Rickie Alchin-trained Montalbano in race two.

    Drawn three, Montalbano is dropping in class and has never been far away in nine starts since winning at Menangle last September.

    • MICHAEL DUMESNY

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