TALENTED youngster Hes A Warrior faces a daunting task at Tabcorp Park Menangle tomorrow.
Unbeaten from two Australian outings, Hes A Warrior will have his maiden three-year-old start against older rivals.
Originally planning to race the son of Well Said in Bankstown a couple of weeks ago, trainer Roy Roots junior selected this option after the original race was cancelled.
“I had him ready for last the two-year-old race at Bankstown but that got cancelled,” Roots said. “I wanted to give him another run before sending him for a break, so this looked like a good option.
“The first time at Menangle can sort them out, but it will be interesting to see where he is at against this class.
“It wouldn’t surprise me to see him beat them.”
Adding to the gelding’s tough assignment is the draw, with Hes A Warrior to begin from gate six, which has seen him listed at $7.
Although Rakasinc is the $3 favourite from barrier eight, Roots rates Typhoon Stride as the one to beat from the outside of the front row.
Third at his last two starts, Typhoon Stride is at $4.50.
Hes A Warrior will be driven by Tom Ison, who combined with Roots for a double at the same venue during the weekend.
“He is a bit green and still learning what it’s all about, but he is untapped ability wise and I’m pretty excited about him,” Roots said.
“He’s the sort of fella which only does what he has to do, but likes having one outside him to be competitive.
“With that in mind, being at Menangle could suit him better as he can chase something that can really go.
“Typhoon Stride has drawn wide but has got his share of ability and has run some good miles there recently.”