Young horseman Trent Brown is full of admiration for his lightly-raced seven-year-old Black Tycoon.
The son of Blackfriars has proudly flown the stable flag in Brown’s first full season of training.
Black Tycoon has accumulated a strike rate of two wins and four placings from seven starts this campaign.
In 11 life time appearances he has missed the money on just two occasions.
Two weeks ago, he dashed home from near last to get over the top of Morsecodian by a long-neck when racing over 1760m.
It was the ideal hit out as he prepares to confront his biggest assignment in Sunday’s $40,000 Raglan Drilling GTC Tattersall’s Cup (2300m).
“He is an up and coming horse who goes around against some experienced rivals,” said Brown.
“And this is his first trip over ground.
“But he rarely disappoints me and although I am not going in with over confidence I am certain he will be competitive.
“If he runs to expectations then I would have to consider the Kalgoorlie Cup.
“He won’t be tackling the Coolgardie and Boulder Cups.
“He has come a long way since he bowed a tendon as a five-year-old.”
Brown believes Perth stayer Cohort and Kalgoorlie rivals Big Josh, Kalahahni, Secret Glow and Defy Me are the main dangers to Black Tycoon.
Cohort, a stakes earner of close to half-a-million dollars, has four Belmont placings from nine starts this time in.
Exciting gelding Wookah will hard to beat in the Palace Hotel The Goldrush (1600m) after an eye-catching third at Belmont Park on August 4.
The Encosta De Lago seven-year-old was trapped wide the entire trip but hit the line hard to be placed 1 ¼ lengths from the fast-finishing November Red.
The former Victorian galloper was resuming after scoring a breathtaking win in the Sky Racing TV Provincial Championship Final (1400m) at Belmont Park earlier in May.
Wookah, prepared by leading Kalgoorlie trainer, Peter Fernie, was near last in the field of 16 before launching a blistering run in the home straight to win by short-neck.