A CRACK at the Great Southern Star is on the cards for well-performed trotter Red Hot Tooth.
Following the mare’s victory in the weekend’s The George Gath trainer Kari Males expressed her desire to contest the prestigious event with her stable flagship.
Fittingly the Great Southern Star will be conducted at Tabcorp Park Melton on Australia Day.
The sensational program also includes the Ladyship Cup, Four-Year-Old Bonanza and Victoria Derby – all Group Ones!
Red Hot Tooth enjoyed no luck during last season’s Great Southern Star before finishing at the tail of the field.
“It is good to have her back in winning form,” Males said. “She has been racing better than her form looks on paper it’s just that she’s been copping bad draws and luck.
“This time around she got a better go at them at it made the difference.
“The Great Southern Star is what I’m aiming at with her next, so she will be kept ticking along at home for that in a couple of weeks.”
Driven by talented reinsman Zac Phillips, Red Hot Tooth was pushed through from the inside of the second row to enjoy the run of the race behind Big Jam Hammer, which led from the pole.
Angled into the sprint lane during the latter stages the daughter of Yankee Paco dashed to a metre-and-a-half win from Kyvalley Blur, with Big Jam Hammer three metres away third.
Registering her first win from 10 starts this term – having run four placings – Red Hot Tooth rated 1:59.8 over 2190 metres.
Following her Great Southern Star appearance the six-year-old is likely to be given a short break before embarking on an interstate campaign.
“I will probably give her a freshen-up after the Great Southern Star,” Males said. “There are some suitable options for her at Menangle so after she has a break I may look at heading up for those.”