Steve Wolfe is confident Jobeth can breakthrough to deliver the leading Great Southern trainer his third success in the $80,000 XXXX Gold-Albany Cup (2100m) on Sunday.
Wolfe is aiming for his first win in four years since Impact Rating held on to defeat the fast-finishing Forest Frolic by a neck margin in 2008.
Wolfe dominated the race one year earlier when he prepared Try A Tune to a comfortable victory over stable mate Impact Rating.
He also finished close in 2002 when Dai Lo Ban and Voodoo Beat finished second and third respectively to Gill’s Dream.
Since winning at Ascot earlier in February, Jobeth has recorded five consecutive placings including a second to Hibernian in the Mount Barker Cup (2000m) two starts back.
Both gallopers spaced their rivals and fought out a close finish with Hibernian holding a ¾ length margin on the line.
Jobeth loomed a winning chance in last fortnight’s National Jockey Day Celebration Handicap (2200m) but couldn’t get past McTango who gained the upper hand over Seth’s Blessed.
“That was her second run in a week which might have taken something out of her,” said Wolfe.
“I certainly can’t knock her consistency and she is probably unlucky not to have enjoyed more wins,”
“I think she is better performed than some of her rivals and is more than capable.
“I can’t see why she won’t be in it and be hard to beat.”
Angela Smith believes Star Buck deserves genuine respect after a solid second to Maschino over 1800m at Ascot last weekend.
The seven-year-old Seigniorial gelding overturned moderate form to claim his first placing in nine starts this preparation.
“I was really rapt in the effort because his form is not as bad as it reads on paper,” Smith said.
“I think he has been unlucky in several of his runs including the Mount Barker Cup when he got crowded for room before picking up and hitting the line well.
“I certainly wouldn’t be underestimating him.”
Star Buck will jump from barrier two and will have the services of form jockey Peter Hall.
Rivotio’s comeback to racing reached a high point when he recorded an outstanding win from behind at Albany on March 29.
The Allen McNamara-trained six-year-old was near last on straightening before producing a whirlwind finish over the 1800m journey.
He won with authority and held a clear 1 ½ length margin over his nearest rival Rock Of Tara with Defy Me filling third.
Rivotio was having his fifth start since resuming from a 12-month layoff.