HANDY pacer Uncle Chan’s preference for larger tracks came to the fore again last Sunday.
Making his third appearance in Port Pirie, Uncle Chan remains unbeaten at the provincial circuit.
Ironically, the Luke O’Neill-trained gelding is winless at his home track – Globe Derby!
“I think it is fair to say he prefers the bigger tracks,” O’Neill said. “He always seems to do his best at Port Pirie and he’s also won his only start at Gawler.
“Globe Derby doesn’t seem to suit him much, but hopefully he’ll get a win there sooner rather than later.
“I’m thinking about putting him in the Christmas Cup there on Saturday night, so that would be a good time for him to break his maiden.
“Victor Harbor a couple of days after Christmas is also an option for him as it’s a larger track as well.”
Driven by Ken Rogers during his latest triumph, Uncle Chan caused a massive upset at $31 on the Tote.
After gaining the perfect one-one trip from his second row draw, Uncle Chan reached the lead in the last stride to score by a half-head from Alakazam, which was brave after racing in the ‘death seat’.
Short-priced favourite Artillery was three metres away third in 2:00.9 over a mile.
“He got the right trip and was able to make the most of it,” O’Neill said. “I can’t believe he drifted to $31…it’s like they were giving away money!”