Mister Zion will look to continue his remarkable seachange from Group 1 winning pacer to elite level trotter at Tabcorp Park this Friday night.
Former pacer Mister Zion will be out to take another step towards trotting stardom tomorrow night in the Cammaroto Poultry Trotters Handicap at Melton’s Tabcorp Park.
The Geoff Webster-trained-and-driven seven-year-old gelding scored a commanding win last start, defeating hardened squaregaiters I Didnt Do It and Im Dejazzman by 8.2m in 2:01.0 despite doing some work early.
Webster, who trains out of Bannockburn, couldn’t be happier with how his son of Red River Hanover is progressing.
“We’re very happy with him. He’s going really well at the moment,” Webster said.
Mister Zion has had 47 lifetime starts for 18 wins and 10 minor placings for stake earnings in excess of $254,000, and Webster is confident about adding to the wins’ column tomorrow night.
“It doesn’t look that strong a field,” Webster said.
“He’s a really good chance.
“Last start he did a great job, and he’s getting better all the time.”
Webster said the long-term aim for Mister Zion was to contest the best trotting races next year, with the newly formed international series for trotters a definite goal.
Meanwhile, the powerful Lance Justice stable will gear up two runners in tomorrow’s trot, with Motu Young Jacob and Just A Cracker both out to recapture form.
Seven-year-old Motu Young Jacob hasn’t won since March, but finished fourth behind Sports Fantasy last Friday after leading. Leigh Sutton takes the drive on the son of Armbro Invasion.
Justice’s 11-year-old Just A Cracker won back to back races in June, but has been struggling of late. Rodney Petroff drives the veteran son of Sundon.
Don King is the backmarker tomorrow night, starting from 50m for trainer-driver David Aiken, who also has two in the race, his other runner, Im Dejazzman starting off 20m for Chris Alford.