Boyanup trainer Kim Prentice has Elishgood racing with admirable spirit and she should give punters a good run for their money when she contests the SEW-Eurodrive Pace for three-year-old fillies at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
However, Elishgood will need a shade of luck to cross the finishing line in first place after starting from the inside of the back line in an even field.
Elishgood notched her fourth win from nine starts when successful over 2100m at Bunbury last Saturday week. She raced without co0ver for a while before getting to the front. She then fought on grimly to beat High And Righteous by a nose.
That followed two thirds behind the brilliant Sensational Gabby at Gloucester Park and a second to Here For The Money at Bunbury at her three previous starts. She was successful at each of her two previous outings at Gloucester Park.
Here For The Money, trained at Waroona by Bob Mellsop, fared the best in the random barrier draw and will start from the prized No. 1 position on the front line. Here For The Money ran home strongly to win from Elishgood over 1609m at Bunbury two starts ago.
Madeline Holly, a stablemate of Sensational Gabby, gets a good chance to record her second win from 28 starts. She will start from barrier five and will be driven by Chris Lewis. Three of her eight minor placings have been seconds to Sensational Gabby.
Millwoods Delight, a winner of four races, has been transferred from the stables of Greg and Skye Bond and will be driven for the first time by her new trainer Chris Brew from barrier four on the front line.
ANOTHER VINNIE IS LIVING UP TO HIGH EXPECTATIONS
Another Vinnie has inherited much of the ability of his dam Vinnies Sister and he has excellent prospects of ending his two-year-old campaign with a victory in the 2100m Afternoons With Peter O’Neill On Racing Radio at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Another Vinnie, bred and owned by Les Coulson, has won at five of his past nine starts and he warmed up for this week’s assignment in fine style with a stylish victory at Bunbury last Saturday night when he started from the outside barrier and was restrained to the rear before producing a powerful finishing burst.
Aaron Beckett had the gelding in sixth place at the bell when Meet George Jetson was setting the pace from Sheckler in the breeze. Another Vinnie was switched four wide with 550m to travel and he charged home to hit the front in the final few strides to score by almost a length from Meet George Jetson.
After the third 400m section of the final mile was covered in 27.8sec., Another Vinnie sprinted over the final quarter in 28sec. Another Vinnie, who is trained at Bunbury by Frank Bonnett, was most impressive at his previous outing when he started from the outside of the front line in a 1700m event at Gloucester Park.
He was restrained to the rear and raced three wide in the middle stages before fighting on with great determination to be a head second to the brilliant New Zealand-bred gelding Glenferrie Hood when the final 800m was covered in a slick 56.4sec.
Another Vinnie will start from the inside of the back line and should obtain a good passage behind the polemarker Myheidi, who also started from the No. 1 barrier last Friday night when she set the pace and fought on grimly to finish a neck second to the fast-finishing Adda Rising Star, a stablemate of Another Vinnie.
Vinnies Sister, who was trained by Coulson, won seven times as a two-year-old in the 2002-03 season before being retired early in 2008 with a record of 13 wins, 19 placings and stakes of $123,335 from 82 starts.
Meet George Jetson (barrier No. 4), Sheckler, Soho Jackman and Bettor Party are all racing in good form and should prove the hardest for Another Vinnie to beat.
Sheckler, who will start from the outside of the front line for Boyanup trainer-reinsman Kim Prentice, led and won very easily at Pinjarra and Bunbury at his two outings before his last-start fourth behind Another Vinnie last Saturday night.
The David Thompson-trained Soho Jackman has won at two of his past three starts and Bettor Party ran home strongly to win by two lengths from Bankrobber at Pinjarra last Monday week.