A TOUGH first-up assignment awaits rising star Scooterwillrev in Launceston on Friday night.
Returning from a two-month break, the Australian Pacing Gold purchase will begin from the 30-metre back mark in the Show Cup.
Adding to the arduous task is a large field to negotiate and only 2200 metres in which to do it.
The Craig Hayes-trained son of Somebeachsomewhere won his last five starts before being sent for a spell, with Hayes quietly confident Scooterwillrev can continue his winning sequence.
“He’s feeling great and is in very good order,” Hayes said. “Coming off 30 metres will definitely make it hard especially over a short distance against a big field.
“He can pick up the extra 30 if there were less to get around or he had a longer trip to make up the gap.
“He will have to do a lot of work to get around them, but I think he is up it.”
Citing Im Barney Rubble as the main danger, Hayes believes several runners along the front row can emerge triumphant given the right conditions.
“Im Barney Rubble is racing well but he is in the same boat as us,” Hayes said. “He’s coming off 20 metres and has to get around the rest of them.
“It’s a pretty open race given the handicaps and it will only take a bit of luck for one of those drawn up front to win.”
Looking to contest Tasmania’s main events during the Christmas/New Year period, Hayes has earmarked a feature in mid December as Scooterwillrev’s first test.
“There is a $30,000 M0 front on in the middle of December which I aim setting him for,” Hayes said. “Given it is a metropolitan race he will start off the front row.
“I will try and pick up a few starts before then but it’s a bit hard as lot of races programmed are discretionary, so he has to come from a back mark.
“Also, lately the free-for-alls haven’t been standing up which isn’t a big help!”