HE HAS the weight of numbers on his side, but that’s not what should see Dale Afford win tomorrow night’s two-year-old event at Globe Derby.
Afford has three of the seven runners in the 1800-metre contest, but Northern Terror shapes as the only representative he needs.
A winner at the troubled venue last weekend, Northern Terror will begin from barrier six.
Despite the awkward draw the son of Western Terror is a $2 favourite.
“I was more than happy with his run last week and he will be better for the outing,” Afford said. “I gave him a freshen-up after his run in mid April and it’s done him the world of good.
“He felt sharp before he raced and his work has picked right up this week.
“The draw isn’t ideal, but he is going to be hard to beat.”
Ultimate Trouble has fared best of Afford’s assembly in barrier three, with Sharks Courage to come from seven.
Afford will partner Sharks Courage, which has drawn wide due to her ODM status.
“Ultimate Trouble has been consistent and is due to get her first win on the board,” Afford said. “Sharks Courage has as much ability as Northern Terror but hasn’t been able to put it together in her two starts.
“Once the penny does drop she will make a nice filly.”
Although he is confident Northern Terror can register his fourth win at his eighth start, Afford is wary of debutante Soho Bob.
The son of American Ideal took a scenic route to South Australia from New Zealand via Western Australia before arriving at Chris Neilson’s stable.
“Soho Bob trailed last week and I believe he went quite well,” Afford said. “I expect he will make his presence felt.”