HANDY freshman Mach Assassin has a busy 72 hours ahead of him.
Engaged in a 2150-metre event in Bendigo tonight, Mach Assassin will then be shipped interstate ahead of Saturday’s Tatlow Stake at Club Menangle.
The son of Mach Three has been in the care of Victorian horsewoman Maree Caldow during the past couple of weeks, but is set to return to New South Wales to original trainer Bernie Hewitt.
Hewitt sent Mach Assassin south for last month’s Australian Pacing Gold series, where he finished second in a heat and fourth in the $125,000 Final.
“The next few days will be a big ask for him,” Caldow said. “He’s got a pretty solid constitution which he will have to rely on.
“As long as he doesn’t have problems travelling he should get through it fine.”
To be driven by Caldow’s husband tonight, Mach Assassin is a $1.25 favourite with TAB Fixed Odds despite drawing wide in from barrier six.
The two-year-old is the $2.80 second elect from gate three in the Tatlow Stake.
Saint Veran heads the market at $1.80 from barrier six.
“He should prove hard to beat in both,” Caldow said. “We’re pretty confident with him tonight.
“The draw isn’t the bet, but it is only a small field, so no matter where he settles he won’t be far off the pace.
“Going on his work it is hard to see him being beaten.”