LOCAL star Colt Thirty One is in perfect condition to repel the early attack of interstate raiders.
With the Sunshine State’s Summer Carnival taking centre stage at Albion Park this month, a host of invaders have crossed the border in search of riches.
Leading New South Wales trainer Craig Cross has sent a strong team north, including Cruz which will clash with Colt Thirty One in Saturday night’s Queensland Cup.
Winner of his last six starts – with eight victories and a second from his past nine outings – Colt Thirty One rounded out his preparation with a tough triumph in last weekend’s Be Good Johnny Sprint.
Despite the tough run, the Group One winning son of Mach Three is “feeling terrific” according to trainer Grant Dixon.
“He did a power of work last week, but has come through it fine,” Dixon said. “He is feeling terrific and I’m more than happy with him going into the Cup.
“Wish I could say the same about the draw.”
To Dixon’s dismay Colt Thirty One has drawn wide in barrier six, with the stallion to slot into five with the removal of the emergency.
Making matters worse for the five-year-old is Cruz has drawn to lead from gate three, meaning Colt Thirty One is likely to be positioned in the ‘death seat’ once again.
“On paper with the way the draw is it looks as though we will be doing it tough again,” Dixon said.
“Cruz is the one to beat, which we couldn’t do the last time he was up here.
“Hopefully we have improved a bit since then and he’s not going as well.”