SATURDAY night will provide Greg Scholefield with an answer or a series of questions.
With Emain Macha performing below his best last weekend Scholefield is at somewhat of a loss to explain the disappointing effort.
Having worked well before the race, and been cleared by vets after the run, Emain Macha simply wasn’t himself, with Scholefield assuming the reigning South Australian Horse of the Year wasn’t comfortable on the tight Strathalbyn circuit.
Showing no sign of any problems during track work this week, Emain Macha will compete at Globe Derby, where he has drawn barrier four.
“He worked great yesterday and while jogging this morning he felt so good about himself,” Scholefield said.
“At this stage I’m still putting it down to him not liking the tight track as he is a big horse, over 16 hands, and I can only assume he simply wasn’t comfortable.
“If I’m right and it was the track then all good, but if I’m wrong and he doesn’t go as well as we know he can at Globe Derby, then I will have to go searching to see what’s wrong with him.
“He’s drawn well, and based on his work, he will be hard to beat.”
Should Emain Macha return to the form which has seen him register 19 wins and six placings from 28 starts, Scholefield will reconsider heading across the border with the son of Safari.
“I had been planning on tackling a Vicbred heat with him, but with the way he went last time around I can’t justify it,” Scholefield said.
“If he performs like I know he can during the weekend, I may give it another thought.”