A WIDE draw has done little to hamper Shawn Grimsey’s confidence ahead of Saturday night’s Two-Year-Old Classic at Albion Park.
Grimsey will tackle the feature with Xaviers Hurrikane, which made an impressive debut at the same venue last month.
After working overtime in the ‘death seat’ the son of Hurrikane Kingcole completed a strong five-metre win in 1:56.1 over 1660 metres.
“He went really well in his first start,” Grimsey said. “He did it tough and found a way to win in good time.
“He has always felt good and shown enough to suggest he will be a nice horse.
“I’ve got a fair opinion of him.”
Kept fresh since his maiden appearance, Xaviers Hurrikane has drawn the outside of the front row, with Grimsey positive the gelding has the class to overcome the early obstacle.
“All things being equal, I think he will win as he’s pretty good,” Grimsey said. “I’m not saying can’t be beaten, but I’m just confident in his ability.
“He hasn’t raced for five weeks, but I’ve given him two solid trials and his work has been spot on.
“It’ll take a good run to hold him out.”
With the Qbred Series Xaviers Hurrikane’s main objective, Grimsey will continue to find suitable targets for the freshman during the interim.
“The Sires’ is what I’m working towards, but that’s in July,” Grimsey said. “There is a Qbred race on April which suits him and another a month later, so I’ll have a look at those.
“He is also eligible for the Breeders’ Crown in August, but so I will see how he is going.”