Day At The Track

Handicap a Cup trial for Out To Kill

02:53 AM 02 Jan 2008 NZDT
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Talented five-year-old Out To Kill will be on trial for the $250,000 Fremantle Cup on January 18 when he resumes racing in the PKF Chartered Accountants Handicap at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

He warmed up for the 2503m event, in which he will start from 10m, in fine style by winning a 2500m trial at Byford on Sunday.

Driven by Gary Hall jun., Out To Kill sped over the final 800m in 56.9sec. to win by 4m from Its Out Of The Blue, rating a moderate 2.5.7. He finished with great dash to cover the last 400m in a sparkling 27.6sec.

Out To Kill, who has not raced for ten weeks, will be making his first appearance in a stand. His brief career of 36 mobile starts has produced 14 wins and seven placings.

He most recent outing was at Gloucester Park on October 26 when he raced wide early, took the lead 1200m from home and won the Mount Eden Consolation 1730m sprint from Party Date.

His chief rivals on Friday night appear to be the vastly-improved Isee Nussink, Minotaurus and Leeholme.

Isee Nussink charged home with a brilliant late burst to win from Henry Yorker over 2503m at Gloucester Park last Friday night to bring up a hat-trick of wins for trainer Jon Gavin.

Minotaurus has won seven times from 16 starts this season and Leeholme, a standing-start specialist, has won at eight of his past 15 starts.


Champion four-year-old Lombo Pocket Watch should have little difficulty in notching his 33rd victory from 41 starts when he contests the Veolia Environmental Services Stakes at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

The youngest runner in the event, he will start from barrier nine in the 2130m Free-For-All at his first outing since he crushed his rivals in the XXXX Gold Golden Nugget championship three weeks ago.

Drawn inside Lombo Pocket Watch are speedy beginners Lookslikelightning (barrier five), All Rapt Up (six) and Roydon Holmes (eight) and reinsman Gavin Fitzpatrick is likely to bide his time before issuing a challenge for the lead.

Nine-year-old Lookslikelightning will be having his first start for ten weeks and he is likely to charge to the front from behind the mobile.

Precious Dylan has drawn ideally at No. 2 barrier and Grant Williams should have the smart six-year-old in a commanding position throughout. Precious Dylan has been a shade disappointing when unplaced at his past three starts, but he has the ability to bounce back to top form and extend Lombo Pocket Watch.


Seven-year-old Exceedingthelimit has a losing sequence of 19, but he makes strong appeal in the fifth qualifying heat of The West Australian Nights of Thunder at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

The Les Coulson-trained stallion gave a bold frontrunning display in the third heat on Monday night before being beaten by a head by hot favourite Ruling V C.

Exceedingthelimit, to be driven again by Giles Inwood, will start from barrier three and if he is able to lead again he should prove hard to overhaul.

Coulson and Inwood combined to win the first heat on Monday night with the consistent Echoes, who caused an upset when he worked hard outside the pacemaker Bergerac before hitting the front 80m from the line.

Bergerac, who was backed from 11/4 to 5/4, will get another chance to qualify for the final when he starts from barrier one in the fourth heat on Friday night.

Mark Reed is again likely to attempt an all-the-way win, but Bergerac will have to be at his absolute best to beat Glencadam, who will start from the outside barrier.

Glencadam drops considerably in class after his disappointing tenth behind McRaes Mate in the Christmas Gift final last Friday week. Glencadam faded from fourth (three wide) at the bell.

However, his previous form was outstanding. His 13 previous starts in WA had produced 11 wins.

Last-start winners Black Moon Magic (Gary Hall jun.) and Ona Wingandaprayer (Grant Williams) will have many admirers when they clash in the sixth heat.

Ken Casellas

estern Australian Trotting Association

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