WELL-TRAVELLED youngster Mach Da Vinci is expected to be a major improver at Club Menangle on Saturday night.
Beginning the season in New Zealand, the three-year-old was campaigned in Sydney, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth before being sent for a spell last April.
Transferred to New South Wales horseman Peter Hanson during the interim, Mach Da Vinci was a handy first-up fifth around the 1400-metre circuit last weekend.
Pleased with the Mach Da Vinci’s progress, Hanson is positive the son of Art Major will be “better for the outing”.
“He went along quite well last Saturday night,” Hanson said. “It was his first run in close to four months so he definitely needed the run.
“He’s a nice horse which will definitely be better for the outing and strip fitter this time around.”
To be driven by Blake Fitzpatrick, Mach Da Vinci has drawn barrier nine, but slots into eight due to a scratching.
Early betting markets have the colt as the $1.80, with Perfect Stride considered the biggest threat at $3.
Drawn gate 10, Perfect Stride is one of three runners for Anthony Butt.
“The draw hasn’t been all that helpful, but he is good enough to overcome it,” Hanson said. “Where he settles though will depend on the speed inside him.
“I’ll be leaving the tactics up to Blake, he has driven the horse a few times and knows him.
“Perfect Stride is the one to beat even though he has drawn out wide with us.”