REIGNING champion Wrangler will kick-start his South Australia Pacing Cup defence at Globe Derby tonight.
Causing a minor upset to capture last season’s edition, Wrangler was prepared by prominent horseman, Paul Cavallaro.
This time around the son of Bettors Delight will be trained by Cavallaro’s sister, having recently been transferred to Angela Chapman.
Wrangler has had three starts for Chapman, which have netted a pair of thirds and a luckless sixth.
“He is feeling pretty good and I’m very happy with him,” Chapman said. “His last run was pleasing and he has trained on well since.
“I’m not overly enthused about the draw, but it is what it is.”
To be driven by Chapman, Wrangler has drawn awkwardly in barrier five, which has seen him listed among the outsiders at $51.
Victorian raider Hot Deal is the $2.80 favourite from gate two.
“Hopefully he can lob into a handy spot and then we will see what he can do from there,” Chapman said. “He will just need a bit of luck to make it into the Final and then start again when that field comes out.
“He’s got to finish in the top four to get through to the Cup, so he has a task ahead of him.”