A COUPLE of clean starts and Bianca Heenan could be leaving Launceston with a double tonight.
That’s basically how the Tasmanian horsewoman summed up her chances with Mon Poppy Polly and Jacks Command.
With the pair racing in solid form, their ability to handle the handicap conditions will determine if they maintain their strong form or have a glitch next to their names.
Mon Poppy Polly will begin from two over 2200 metres, with Taylor Ford to take the drive.
“If she can begin well and find the lead she will be a very big danger,” Heenan said. “She won from the stand at her last start a few weeks ago and has been working great since.
“It will come down to how well she can come out at the start, then what kind of run she gets.”
Heenan then has Jacks Command primed to overcome his 20-metre handicap.
Also to be driven by Ford, Jacks Command boasts three wins from his last five outings – all mobiles.
The gelding made his standing start debut in mid September which saw him break and gallop soon after the start before finishing 215 metres from the winner!
“Jacks Command can be a bugger, but if he steps well he will go very close,” Heenan said. “He is one of those horses where you have to take it as it comes.
“The only days he goes in cart is when he hopples and races as he has got an attitude.
“I like him having a bit of attitude, besides any horse is allowed to have an attitude if they’ve got good form!”