A lack of gate speed from Blacks A Buzzin leaves harness racing driver Nathan Carroll with some unanswered questions ahead of next Sunday's $10,000 Golden Gig final at the Dubbo Paceway.
Blacks A Buzzin earned a place in the final after running second at Forbes in a heat with the rest of the field coming from heats decided at Dubbo (2), Tamworth, Bathurst and Parkes.
The final on Sunday is part of a packed TAB Carnival of Cups meeting that is being held in conjunction with the Dubbo Show.
The Golden Gig final carries good prize money, as well as a state of the art $8000 Dooza gig.
Nathan Carroll, 19, is currently enjoying a successful season having chalked up his first winning treble - at Tamworth in January - but realizes taking out the Golden Gig will be a huge task for his gelding.
"He's more of a one pacer with not a lot of gate speed but saying that in recent times he's been racing well from behind and doing his best work at the finish," Carroll said.
"We've learnt that he prefers to be driven quietly and he's come up with a couple of nice places at his last two starts.
"After his second at Forbes, he run third at Dubbo, then has been given a freshener before coming through a good hit out on Saturday morning.
"He is a fit horse and is fresh, so we'll wait to see how we go with the barrier draw and hopefully come out on Sunday and run a good race.
"As you would expect in a feature race like this, the pace should be on from the start, and that will suit us."
Carroll suggested that recent Dubbo heat winner, Cankickatarget, would be the horse to beat.
With Murray Sullivan in the gig, the Brett Hutchings (Parkes) trained gelding dominated his Dubbo heat as the $2.00 favourite and dictated the pace from in front before winning by more than 16 metres in a quick mile rate of 2:01.5.
It will be interesting to see what horse Sullivan will be associated with in the final as he won both Dubbo Golden Gig heats. Trainer Jason Gaffney gave him the first leg with an impressive I Surf, which also led at the start and won by 13 metres in a slick 2:00.9.
More than $100,000 in prize money will be on offer at the Dubbo Show TAB meeting on Sunday.
Feature race will be the $30,000 Red Ochre Mares Classic Final with the 10-horse field coming from the three heats decided on Wednesday night at Dubbo.
There is also the $12,000 OAMPS Final, also from heats run Wednesday night.
The support card includes the $12,000 Peter Lew Memorial; the Karloo Mick Gratuity Pace worth $8000; and the Dubbo Show Society President's Cup of $8000.
Nancy O'Grady | Executive Assistant | Harness Racing New South Wales |