Trainer Peter Dellar is confident Great Wall Of China has one final run left in him and will end his campaign on a winning note in the $40,000 Gascoyne Gold Carnarvon Cup (2000m).
He is entitled to pack it in and go to the paddock but he is running around like a three-year-old, said Dellar.
He has covered more miles than Burke and Wills.
He is the best performed horse in the race and I wouldn’t swap him with any other runner.
I’m quietly confident he can play a strong part in the finish.
The Carnarvon Cup will be Great Wall Of China’s 14th start this preparation after commencing earlier in February for trainer Trevor Andrews and from May with Adam Durrant.
The eight-year-old joined Dellar’s team in the winter and has hardly put a foot wrong with two wins and two placings from four starts.
He won the Roebourne Cup (2000m) comfortably and was an unlucky second to Indamani in the Port Hedland Cup (2200m) when beaten a short half-head.
Great Wall Of China was a leading candidate for the Broome Cup (2200m) but was scratched on the eve of the race after an untimely stable mishap.
He has flourished since arriving from Perth and is relishing racing against a weaker class of opposition, said Dellar.
Great Wall Of China will carry the top weight of 60kg and commence from the widest gate in 14 for jockey Kim Gladwin.
He’s got a good horses weight, said Dellar.
I would rather have drawn closer in but that’s why you put on an experienced rider.
He has ridden on most if not all country tracks and he will know better than anyone what to do.
Dellar and Gladwin are aiming for their second Carnarvon Cup after earlier wins to Chaparder (1987) and Kyoto (2000m) respectively.
Dellar rates Kurrajong Starfire, one of four entrants for leading trainer Noel Pateman, as the hardest to beat.
He raced wide throughout the other day and still won convincingly, said Dellar.
I think he is a serious lightweight chance.