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    PRIVATE EYE faces a daunting task on Saturday night - Photo HRV

    UNBEATEN since returning from an extended break, promising pacer Private Eye faces a sharp rise in class this weekend. Sidelined through “niggling problems” for... Promising pacer’s sharp rise in class

    UNBEATEN since returning from an extended break, promising pacer Private Eye faces a sharp rise in class this weekend.

    Sidelined through “niggling problems” for 20 months, Private Eye has won his two comeback starts in stylish fashion last November.

    Given a freshen-up by trainer Freddie Taiba, the son of Hes Watching is set to tackle Saturday night’s Shepparton Cup.

    To Taiba’s dismay, Private Eye has drawn barrier seven – the outside of the front row – in the $75,000 feature.

    The lightly-raced gelding boasts the impressive record of eight win from 11 starts.

    “It’s already going to be hard enough as it is as this is a big step up in grade for him,” Taiba said. “Add his very ordinary draw to the equation and it’s going to take one pretty big run to win.

    “I’ve got no doubt he has the ability to be competitive in that grade, but it’s never easy from a wide draw no matter who the horse is.

    “A wide draw against a full field, he is going to need luck.”

    Citing Max Delight as the one to beat, Taiba is also wary of Bulletproof Boy despite the pair drawing the second row.

    Winner of his last three starts, Max Delight caused an upset in last week’s Bendigo Cup.

    “David (Aiken) has Max Delight in great form and he’s definitely the one they all have to beat,” Taiba said. “Bulletproof Boy is an opportunist and is always a threat in any race.”

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