A TOUGH draw has astute trainer Dale Afford hoping for luck at Globe Derby on Saturday night.
Afford is poised to contest the St Leger with classy pacer Hesashark, which will begin from the outside of the second row.
Racing in sensational form, with wins at his two runs from a spell, Hesashark’s starting position is a result of the time-honoured feature’s preferential draw conditions.
Although he remains confident the son of Shadyshark Hanover can overcome the early obstacle, Afford believes the event should be a random draw.
Hesashark qualified for the Final by capturing the opening heat on Boxing Night when first-up from a break.
The three-year-old has since scored in Port Pirie where he outstayed his older rivals.
“I couldn’t be happier with him and have no doubt he can win from there,” Afford said. “It is disappointing a race such as the St Leger is a preferential draw, but it is what it is.
“He’s in top shape and form and is ready to run another good race, but will need luck from there.
“There are some handy types in the field and I wouldn’t go as far as saying we are that much better than any of them that we wouldn’t need breaks to go our way.”
Citing Sir Roman as the one to beat, Afford also rates Maharajah as a major threat.
Winner of his first two starts before a solid fourth behind Hesashark in the heat, Sir Roman has drawn the outside of the front line.
Maharajah, which is unbeaten from two South Australian outings, will begin inside Hesashark on the second row.
“Sir Roman has looked impressive in his runs, but his draw is also tricky,” Afford said. “Maharajah has done everything right for Heather (Stevens) since he got here, but he is in the same boat as us off the back line.
“A couple drawn better on the front like Whatabro and Just Cappy are more than capable if they get an easy time up near the lead.”