IF Call The Marshall can live up to his trainer’s expectation then the Mick Maxfield-owned gelding could lead all the way to win the $25,000 Devonport Cup on Sunday night.
Call The Marshall tuned up for the Devonport Cup with an impressive win in a restricted grade race Launceston last Sunday night with Gareth Rattray aboard.
After the race Ashwood declared the gelding had what it takes to win a feature race.
“I think he’s up to free-for-all standards,” Ashwood said.
“He’s a good beginner from a standing start and, if he jumps to the front (in the Devonport Cup) he will be very hard to get around,” he said.
The barrier gods smiled on Call The Marshall as he will start from gate three on the front row so he has a head start on realising his trainer’s expectations.
However, he has smart beginners in Run Ripalong (1) and recent Burnie and Carrick Cups winner Devendra (4) on either side that also will be vie for the lead.
Maxfield and Ashwood went close to winning the Devonport Cup in 2008 with Special Chance that tried to lead all the way only to be collared close to home by Lombo Limmo and they finished 25 metres clear of the rest of the field.
By Peter Staples