VETERAN trainer Tony Peacock will be a nervous onlooker in Dubbo on Sunday night.
Traditionally the man responsible for a horse’s preparation, Peacock will be a mere observer when Bettor Enforce contests the Mares’ Classic.
Joining Peacock’s stable when purchase from New Zealand last June, Bettor Enforce was transferred to prominent New South Wales horseman Craig Cross earlier this month.
Following a handy first-up fifth, Bettor Enforce has won her two subsequent starts for Cross including a 1:50.8 triumph around Tabcorp Park Menangle last Saturday.
As for her pending assignment the daughter of Bettors Delight has drawn the second row in the Group Two.
“She’s a nice mare,” Peacock said. “She’s shown what kind of speed she has with her win at Menangle last week.
“It’s over a little more distance this time, which she might need given her draw.
“Craig is happy with the way she has come up and expects her to run a big race.
“All she needs is the right run from the draw and she’ll go close enough.”
Citing Takara Truffle as the one to beat, Peacock expects Rock On to make her presence felt.
The highest ranked runner in the field, Takara Truffle will come from the outside of the second row for co-trainers Mark Jones and Aaron Goadsby.
Rock On has fared better in barrier two for champion horseman Steve Turnbull.
“Takara Truffle has probably been below her best at her last couple of starts, but she is a proven mare,” Peacock said.
“Rock On is in good form and has a good draw which brings her into it.
“Overall it is a handy field and quite a few of them could win without causing a shock.”