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    Keg ready to go ‘boom’ Keg ready to go ‘boom’

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    ALTHOUGH beaten at his last start, top freshman Powderkeg is ready to go ‘bang’ on Sunday. Winner of the Vicbred Super Series earlier this... Keg ready to go ‘boom’

    ALTHOUGH beaten at his last start, top freshman Powderkeg is ready to go ‘bang’ on Sunday.

    Winner of the Vicbred Super Series earlier this month, Powderkeg was then runner-up in Maryborough last week.

    With the son of Muscle Hill kept fresh between the outings, trainer Lisa Miles expects Powderkeg to be a major improver when he returns to same venue to contest the club’s famed Redwood Classic.

    “He didn’t do much between the Sires’ and his last start so was in need of the run,” Miles said.

    “I’ve been able to put extra work into him since, so that, along with his run, has lifted his fitness.

    “He will certainly improve this week, but he will need to against that field.”

    Despite his impeccable record of two wins and two seconds from four starts, Powderkeg is on the third line of TAB Fixed Odds betting at $5.50 from barrier four.

    New Zealand raider Ultimate Stride is the $2.10 favourite from the second row.

    Ultimate Stride beat Powderkeg when the pair shared a 30-metre back mark.

    The Gavin Lang-trained Im Daddy Warbucks splits the pair in the wagering at $5.

    Building a record of two wins and four placings from seven starts, Im Daddy Warbucks will begin from barrier two.

    “Ultimate Stride beat us last week and is the one to beat again,” Miles said. “He’s done very well in New Zealand and they have a fair opinion of him.

    “He also hadn’t raced for a few weeks and made the trip over, so he is bound to improve as well.

    “Im Daddy Warbucks has been very consistent as have quite a few others in the field.

    “It’s a pretty strong race and the winner will have earned it.”

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