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    VETERAN pacer The Octagon’s form can be attributed to the National Rating System according to trainer Franca Carbone. Finding it difficult against higher classed... Veteran thriving under new rating system
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    VETERAN pacer The Octagon’s form can be attributed to the National Rating System according to trainer Franca Carbone.

    Finding it difficult against higher classed opposition last season, The Octagon has won three of his four starts this term, with a second also to his credit.

    Pleased to see the 10-year-old doing so well, Carbone credits The Octagon’s resurgence to dropping back to an easier mark.

    “He wasn’t racing too well before the new system came into effect and as such got a lower point rating when it came in than some of the horses he was racing against,” Carbone said.

    “Being lower on points has helped him and his form, but he is starting to get up in grade again.

    “Things will start to get harder for him once more, but with a bit of luck he can keep this form going a little while longer.”

    The Octagon has a prime opportunity to continue his stellar start to the season when he returns to Globe Derby on Saturday night.

    To be driven by talented young reinsman Corey Johnson, The Octagon has drawn ideally in the pole.

    Johnson partnered the son of Elsu to a $66.60 upset at the same venue three outings ago.

    “He has the draw to go close,” Carbone said. “He’s had a bit of luck with the draws at his last couple of starts and has gone very well.

    “It’s a reasonably strong field but he has been working well and I expect him to run a good race.

    “Hopefully he can make it into next week’s Final.”

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