HAVING recaptured his best form, Im Compliant is primed to complete a hat-trick in Hobart on Sunday night.
Winner of his first six Tasmanian starts, Im Compliant then finished midfield during his next five outings before scoring at his past two starts.
Pleased to have the son of Live Or Die back in perfect order, trainer Rohan Hillier is positive Im Compliant can add the Norfolk Cup to his list of victories despite the tough task ahead.
Not only is the gelding required to overcome a 20-metre handicap, he also has a large field to negotiate.
“It’s not going to be easy, but he is up to the task,” Hillier said. “With the Cup being over 3060 metres it gives him time to get into it and navigate the field.
“I think the distance will also sort a few of them out, but it shouldn’t be a problem for him.
“He won six in a row then lost his way a little bit but is back on track which is good to see.”
Hillier admits he is a little concerned about Im Compliant’s manners from the stand but is confident the six-year-old can begin safely if he remains focused.
“In New Zealand he was recognised as unruly, but he does go away ok,” Hillier said. “He can jack up a bit, but as long as the starter doesn’t hold them there too long he should be fine.”
Rating Sea Double Ugrant as the one to beat, Hillier expects The Aussie to also make his presence felt.
Successful at his last two starts, Sea Double Ugrant will come from the 10-metre line while The Aussie shares the same handicap with Im Compliant.
“Sea Double Ugrant has the form on the board and is the one to beat,” Hillier said. “The Aussie is also racing well and will go close.”
Following this weekend’s assignment Im Compliant is likely to be aimed at the Devonport Cup.
Also a standing start over 3020 metres, the $30,000 Cup is scheduled to be conducted on January 27.
“If his manners are good enough I will have a look at the Devonport Cup next and go from there,” Hillier said.