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    DANNY BOUCHEA

    PROMISING youngster The Penny Drops will be looking to join his father as a Group One winner when he competes at Tabcorp Park Melton... Youngster aiming to be like dad
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    PROMISING youngster The Penny Drops will be looking to join his father as a Group One winner when he competes at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night.

    Engaged in the Home Grown Classic, The Penny Drops is a son of former top juvenile Danny Bouchea, which was among the best of his crop.

    Prepared by Nick Youngson, Danny Bouchea captured four Group Ones as a two and three-year-old.

    As for The Penny Drops, he will begin from the back row for trainer Ray Harvey.

    “He’s seems to be developing really well,” Harvey said. “He keeps improving all the time in his work and his trials are the same!

    “I’d like to think he can keep improving as the season goes on.

    “Neil (McCallum, driver) has looked after him and educated him in the trials and races, which has been a great help.”

    Despite his awkward draw the trotter is a $2 favourite thanks to his perfect record from three starts this season.

    “His first start when he galloped and finished third is the only blight on his record,” Harvey said. “Other than that he has been doing a top job.

    “The draw isn’t the best, but I thought that last week and it turned turned out well…don’t suppose we can get the same luck twice!”

    Citing Alpha Male as the one to beat, Harvey expects All The Muscles to play a role in the finish.

    A rare trotter among Emma Stewart’s record breaking stable, Alpha Male finished second behind The Penny Drops in their heat when first-up since last August.

    The colt will begin from the outside of the front row.

    Winner of his qualifier, All The Muscles has fared better in gate three for trainer Patrick Ryan.

    “Alpha Male did well in the heat and should be better for the run,” Harvey said. “All The Muscles also seems like a nice type and should go close from the draw.”

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