Trainer Dean Nazzari is banking on Hiatus, one of three additions to his stable over the summer season, to have an immediate impact when he debuts in the Worldbase Concrete Cartage Handicap (1100m) at Kalgoorlie tomorrow afternoon.
Hiatus, a son of Exceed And Excel, arrived from New South Wales with handy form including one win and four placings from 11 career starts and impressed with a dominant three length trial win over 1000m last Sunday.
“He arrived with a reputation as a 900m speed machine but he travelled to the line strongly and it was better than what I was expecting,” Nazzari said.
“From an inside gate, a solid trial hit out and a good fresh record, I’m expecting him to show something.”
Nazzari has high hopes he can rejuvenate the career of talented but winless galloper Bells Victory who resumes after a five month spell in the Jobs@Worldbase Maiden (1100m).
The Bel Esprit gelding has run four placings from 12 appearances including a third to Group winner Dreamaway at his second race start in Pinjarra when under the care of Kath Fleming.
“I’m confident that he is not too far away from a breakthrough win,” said Nazzari.
“He has the ability, but it’s just a case of teaching him how to win.
“I’m sure once we find the key and he opens the door he will string together a couple of victories.
“Despite no trial he is forward enough to run a good race.”
Dontorio ended his previous campaign on a positive note with a narrow nose victory over Toronto before undergoing a wind operation.
The Oratorio gelding, who resumes in the www.worldbase.com.au Handicap (1200m), has only missed the money once in four first-up attempts.
“I’m anxious to see how he performs under pressure after surgery but his track work has been excellent and he will be right in this race,” Nazzari said.
“He usually likes to get back but from the draw he will be handier.”
Dontorio chased home stable mate Hiatus in Sunday’s trial.
Last season’s champion trainer Peter Fernie can commence the programme and the opening meeting of the season on a winning note with La Fairet who ran second to Marshall Town at Narrogin last fortnight.
Gigstar in the third and Danterina in race four also have winning claims.
And Cliff Smith can celebrate a successful return after a two-year absence when Lovetherain contests the Worldbase Bulk Haulage Handicap (1300m).
Lovetherain ran on strongly from eighth on the corner when second to Fighters Second over 1190m at Narrogin a fortnight back.