Jack In Flight may not have the strongest form heading into the VHRSC Classic. In fact, Bitobliss and Smoken Up will shadow him in the betting for the race.
But Wartime Sweetheart almost proved there is an exception to every rule and that is what Brett Cargill will be banking on come Friday night at Tabcorp Park Melton.
He is going to have to cause a massive boilover but his trainer doesn’t believe he is hopeless. Finding little luck in each of his last three runs, he is starting to show signs of returning to his best which saw him win a Warragul and Melton Pacing Cup last season.
“He’s going a lot better than his form reads, his last three runs he hasn’t really got out, he has gone to the line very good. He keeps drawing badly, he’s had seven or 12 his last three or four runs but he is going very, very good,” Cargill said.
“We’ve drawn the front line so hopefully that will help us but it looks like there are a few inside us that can get out pretty quick.
“Because I Can, Dominus Vobiscum, Mustang Mach and even Artoc can get out so we will have to sit down and have a good look at it.”
Tactics aside, the race is shaping as a turning point for the aspirations of many to kick-start a campaign towards the rich Choice Hotels Country Cups series.
And Jack In Flight is no different despite skipping this Saturday night’s Nyah Cup in favour of the Melton FFA.
“I might be struggling now because of his form but I’ve been setting him for the Kilmore Cup,” Cargill said. “I had him nominated for the Nyah Cup but he had 20 metres and with horses like Chancellor Cullen off 10 and the fact that it’s five hours each way, it might have just flattened him.
“I really believe he is getting back towards his best, he had a bit of a setback and then he was out in a bigger yard and the grass started growing and he got very fat on me so I had to move him out of there.
“The Breeders Crown run and the couple of runs after that, he just needed the racing. I just looked at him yesterday morning and he is ready to go now. I think he is a bit stronger than he was last year.”
Jack In Flight has been rated a $51 chance by Harness Racing Victoria form expert Jason Bonnington.
Bitobliss ($2) and Smoken Up ($2.80) are expected to fight out favouritism from Jaccka Clive ($9) and Melpark Major ($10).
by Blake Redden
Harness Racing Victoria