OWNER Danny Zavitsanos is in a strong position to fulfil his harnessing racing desire on Saturday night.
Having raced standardbreds for many years, Zavitsanos has found Group One glory beyond his grasp, which fuels his hunger for a top-shelf victory.
That dream for a win at the highest level led Zavitsanos into selecting a name for one of his Australian Pacing Gold purchases which doubles as a message of sorts.
The youngster competes as Abouttime – which reflects Zavitsanos’ determination for a Group One and his faith in the gelding.
“Danny named him that way as he thinks it’s about time he won a Group One,” trainer Nathan Jack explained.
Zavitsanos, along with co-owner Warren Viney, may finally meet his destiny when Abouttime contests the Bathurst Gold Crown.
Unbeaten from two starts, Abouttime was impressive in his qualifier when scoring from First String and Harvey Specter in 1:57.8 over 1730 metres with Jack in the cart.
The son of Art Major was successful in the Sapling Stake upon debut three weeks earlier when driven by Mark Pitt.
Jack will also be represented by Animal, which was runner-up in his heat following a win at Shepparton during his first start.
Although Animal has fared slightly in barrier four, Jack rates Abouttime as his leading prospect from gate five.
“Abouttime has a bit on Animal, so he is the main chance,” Jack said.