A place in next fortnight’s Mount Barker Cup is on the cards for in-form Great Southern galloper Kaiser Crown if he can maintain his strike rate in the Albany Honda Handicap (1800m) on Friday.
The chestnut gelding has rocketed into contention for the 2000m staying feature after posting successive wins at his past two outings.
At Mount Barker over 1850m, the six-year-old ran on from last before powering over the top of Eternal Advice by a narrow neck margin.
Two weeks later in Albany he produced a similar run when from 13th on the corner he defeated Megablitz by ¾’s of a length.
Trainer Bruce Thomas believes he has found the key to Kaiser Crown’s improved performances.
“Between the blinkers coming off and a change in racing pattern he has been able to show what I always thought he was capable of achieving,” Thomas said.
“He’s far better settling towards the rear of the field and then commencing his run down the outside of the track.
“He attempted to go between runners or along the inside fence which didn’t suit.
“As long as he is within five or sixth lengths when turning the corner he will be okay.
“Everything has gone well since his last run and I would be disappointed if he didn’t finish in the first three.
“If he performs to expectations the Mount Barker Cup or even the Narrogin Cup will enter into serious discussion.”
Stable mate Alabameramer will have to improve on recent efforts, unplaced at his past three outings, but can bounce back in the Whalers Galley Cafe Handicap (1600m).
“I’m trying a few different things and will keep plugging away,” Thomas said.
“He is probably at his mark but you can’t discount on his best form.”
Chong Nonsi resumes after scoring an impressive victory in the Country Challenge Final (1500m) at Ascot last December.
The Blackfriars mare, ridden by Jason Whiting, sizzled home from near last to defeat fellow Albany galloper King Point.
She looks a nice type in the making with five wins from eight starts and will have strong admirers in the G.T Bearings & Engineering Supplies Handicap (1200m).
Bunbury galloper Backhouse Street can return to winning form and can’t be discounted in the Campbell Road Motors Handicap (1200m).
The Ihtiram gelding, prepared by Graeme Evans, scored a top win on debut before a runner-up placing to Red Mercedes.
He has since failed at his next two outings but there were genuine excuses and it may pay to stick solid and follow.
Stable mate Movies By Burswood has her hoof on the till in the Avis Car Hire Handicap (1600m) and if she can reproduce her last run, when beaten in a three-way photo-finish to Internationalist after racing wide throughout, she will have solid claims.