TALENTED youngster Malcolms Rhythm will have to beat older more experienced rivals to maintain his perfect start to the season.
Set to contest a C2 in Kilmore, the Australian Pacing Gold purchase is chasing his sixth win of the term.
Trainer David Aiken is using the 2180-metre event as “tune up” for the son of Art Major ahead next week’s Victoria Derby heats.
Qualifiers of Australia’s oldest classic will be conducted as part of the strong Ballarat Pacing Cup program.
To be driven by Kima Frenning, Malcolms Rhythm will begin from gate five in the six-horse field.
“This should be a nice tune up for next week’s Derby heats,” Aiken said. “He is ticking along nicely and will be hard to beat despite the draw.
“It will be nice if he can keep his winning run going before we head to Ballarat.
“Hopefully he will do well in the Derby series, but it is hard to know where he sits among the three-year-olds at this stage.”
Citing Blackenreid as the one to beat, Aiken also rates Imapest as a threat.
Successful at two of his last three starts, Blackenreid has drawn gate six, with Imapest to come from four.
“Blackenreid will definitely be the hardest to beat for Cotchy (trainer Keith Cotchin),” Aiken said. “Imapest is also in good form and can’t be taken lightly.”