TRAINER Dean Braun could have a two-pronged attack on both the features at Terang tomorrow night.
Braun has rising stars Chilli Palmer and Im Corzin Terror in the Terang Co-Op Pacing Cup over 2680m, both horses boasting impressive recent form in top-class races.
Braun said Chilli Palmer wasn’t “100 per cent certain” to be going to Terang as has had to overcome a few minor issues during the week, but if he is there the trainer said he’d be very hard to hold out of the finish.
“I’ve gone on record saying he’s the fastest horse point to point I’ve trained,” Braun said.
“He’s very, very good.
“I didn’t think he was ready to do what he did the other night and he was a little bit flat for a couple of days after. So there’s still improvement to come.”
Chilli Palmer defeated favourite Guaranteed in the Garrards 4YO Bonanza, clocking a mile-rate of 1:51.5.
Even if Chilli Palmer doesn’t start on Saturday night however, Braun will have one of the key runners in Im Corzin Terror.
The six-year-old ran fifth in his Inter Dominion heat last start when he worked home well, which followed a luckless ninth from a horrendous draw in the Group 1 AG Hunter Cup.
“The small field probably doesn’t suit. The main speed might be from Abettorpunt who could across from out wide and if found the lead he’d be hardest to beat, I’d say.
“I’d say whichever out of us and him gets the best run should go close.”
Braun also has two squaregaiters engaged in the Barastoc Terang Trotters Cup with last-start Melton winner Unico Pegasus drawn the front row and five-year-old Duke Of The Moment to jump from a 30m handicap.
“There’s no but between them in my opinion,” Braun said.
“So I lean towards Unico Pegasus because he’s drawn the front and the other one’s off 30m.”
The first on a huge Terang Cup night is scheduled to kick off at 6.30pm with 10 races programmed and the last at 11pm.
By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing AU)