THRIVING since arriving in New South Wales, handy trotter Rioterra is in a strong position to continue his stellar form when he returns to Club Menangle tomorrow.
Previously located in Victoria, Rioterra was purchased by Inter Dominion winning horseman, Kevin Pizzuto, last October.
Given a short break and a pair of trials before making his local debut, the son of Angus Hall immediately struck winning form by scoring in Menangle.
Rioterra’s four subsequent starts have netted two wins and a second, with his victories including a 1:58 effort over a mile last Tuesday.
“He’s been a great pick up,” Pizzuto said. “He’s a lovely trotter and pretty much hasn’t set a hoof wrong.
“Even the run when he galloped and finished seventh, I blame myself because I forgot to put the defeaners on.
“He’s a true gentleman away from the track and tries his guts out on it.”
To be driven by Josh Gallagher, Rioterra will begin from five on the front line, with Dancingallalone the only handicapped runner on 10 metres.
“He only has to step as well as he can to be the one to beat,” Pizzuto said. “He’s got the form on the board and has been working a treat.
“Anything can happen in a standing start, especially with trotters, but it’s to see him being beaten.”
Elsewhere on the card Pizzuto will be represented by Decipher, Tommy Waterhouse and Turbo Tommy, with the latter also expected to continue his strong form.
Drawn to lead throughout from the pole, Turbo Tommy boasts three wins and four placings from his last seven starts.
“He’s racing really well and comes into this nicely with the draw,” Pizzuto said. “There are a few handy ones in the race, but I reckon he can get the job done again.”