UNFORTUNATELY at least three – perhaps even four – promising youngsters will have their unbeaten statuses abolished at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night.
Engaged in the $350,000 Australian Pacing Gold Final, four freshmen will enter the Group One with perfect records.
Centenario is the most experienced of the quartet, with four starts for record-breaking horsewoman Emma Stewart.
Stewart also has undefeated colts Hurricane Harley and Hardhitter in the rich decider, with the pair winning their two starts in impressive fashion.
Stewart’s trio booked their positions in the field by securing their heats at the same venue three weeks ago.
Although third behind his stablemate, Hurricane Harley, in their qualifier, Fourbigmen forged his way into the line up by annexing the repechage, giving Stewart four representatives in the 1720-metre feature.
Centenario has fared best in the draw, with the two-year-old to come from barrier three.
“Everything he has done so far has been spot on and he’s getting better all the time,” Stewart said. “He’s a very nice type which has a lot going for him.
“The draw has been good to him and he is going to be very hard to beat from there.”
Fourbigmen will begin from gate five, with Hurricane Harley facing a tough task from the outside of the front row.
Hardhitter has received the outside of the back line.
“The draws have made it tricky on the other three, but they’re not out of it either,” Stewart said. “Each is capable of winning if they can get the right run into it.”
HOOFNOTE: New South Wales gelding Leonidas is the other unbeaten two-year-old, with the son of Mach Three to come from barrier nine for trainer Blake Fitzpatrick.
- PAUL COURTS