Peter Hall returns to take the ride on Hibernian in the XXXX Gold Narrogin Cup (1900m) and is confident the Adam Durrant-trained gelding is the horse to beat in Sunday’s $50,000 feature.
Hall rode Hibernian to victory in the Mount Barker Cup (2000m) before a narrow second in the Geraldton Cup (2100m) when beaten a long-head by Great ‘N’ Grey.
Peter Knuckey had the reins when Hibernian tailed off to finish second last behind Lords Ransom, ridden by Hall, in the Pinjarra Cup (2300m) earlier this month.
The Pinjarra Cup was Hibernian’s third consecutive run in as many weeks but Hall doesn’t believe it contributed to his downfall.
“The Pinjarra Cup was just a touch too strong but back in this company I think he is the horse to beat,” Hall said.
“If I get a genuinely run race he will be the horse steaming over the top of them.
“Jobeth, King Point and Seth’s Blessed appear to be the main dangers.
“But I’m more than happy to be on my horse and wouldn’t be swapping him for anything.”
Versatile galloper King Point stamped his credentials when he scored a strong front-running win over 1400m at Ascot earlier this month.
King Point, ridden by Glenn Smith, led from the outset and despite a strong challenge from Gum Nut Guru and the fast-finishing Bali Cruiser, the Albany galloper proved too tough to run down.
Trainer Mark Nelson said he expects Smith from barrier five to have King Point in a similar position on Sunday.
“I can’t see too many who will go forward and challenge for the lead,” Nelson said.
“He could prove difficult to run down again.
“Winning form is good form and I’m positive he will acquit himself well.”
Consistent mare Jobeth broke a run of minor placings to win the Albany Cup (2100m) and looms as a top chance to complete a feature race double.
Jobeth, to be ridden by form jockey Shaun McGruddy, was placed at her previous five outings and will be in a prominent position throughout after drawing ideally in barrier three.