POPULAR pacer San Carlo is favoured to add another country cup to his impressive tally on Friday night.
Boasting wins in the Mildura, Warragul, Kilmore, Bendigo, Yarra Valley, Cranbourne and Maryborough Cups, San Carlo is engaged in Swan Hill’s flagship event.
In what will be his last outing before heading across the Tasman, San Carlo faces just four rivals in the Group Three.
The son of Mach Three is being primed for a crack at the famed New Zealand Cup on November 12.
San Carlo will then tackle the Inter Dominion which kick-starts with the opening heats on November 29.
“This will be his last run before we go to New Zealand,” co-trainer Rebecca Bartley said. “We’ll be heading over for the Cup and staying on for the Inter Dominion.
“This week should top him off nicely before we make the trip.”
Scoring first-up in the Kilmore Cup on September 26, San Carlo was then a gallant fourth in the Victoria Cup a fortnight ago.
As for his pending assignment, the gelding has drawn barrier five but slots into four due to a scratching.
“He is in great shape,” Bartley said. “We expected him to be one of the widest drawn, but in such a small field no matter where you settle you’re not far off the pace.
“He is also the kind of horse which can make his own luck, so he should be right in it again.”
San Carlo is the $1.75 favourite with TAB Fixed Odds, with Tam Major and Colt Thirty One considered his biggest dangers at $3.30.
Third in the Kilmore Cup before being luckless in the Victoria Cup, Tam Major will come from barrier three.
Runner-up behind Bling It On in the Victoria Cup, Colt Thirty One is the widest drawn runner in the field.
“Colt Thirty One went really well the other week and Tam Major did a good job at Kilmore,” Bartley said. “They are the two to beat.”
Co-trained by Stephen O’Donoghue, San Carlo’s record sits on 29 wins and nine placings from 50 starts for earnings of $526,448.