CLASSY pacer Shadow Sax looks set to extend his lead in the Country Cup Championship this weekend.
In what has been an arm wrestle for the top of the table, Shadow Sax sits at the head of affairs, with a point advantage over Messini.
That gap is expected to widen on Sunday when the pair clash in another Group Two Cup.
Shadow Sax is a $1.50 for trainer Emma Stewart, with Messini the third elect at $7.
The winner of the Championship will earn a $25,000 bonus for its connections.
An effortless victor of the Melton Plate three weeks ago, Shadow Sax will begin barrier five, with Stewart positive the son of Shadow Play can continue secure another feature.
Successful in nine of his 12 starts for the term, with two Cup placings also in the mix, Shadow Sax has already captured the Stawell, Geelong and Cranbourne Cups.
Stewart also sent the five-year-old across the border to secure the South Australia Cup last January.
“He had a couple of quiet days after the Melton Plate and his work since has been sensational,” Stewart said.
“Coming from five could prove tricky at times, but it’s only a small field of seven, so no matter where you settle, you’re not going to be far off the lead.
“That said, it also brings Messini into it even from the outside of the front.
“It will be an interesting race, but I wouldn’t be swapping Shadow Sax for any of the others.”