Trainer Lance Justice hopes Im Barney Rubble can notch back to back wins when he contests Friday night’s Vermont Panels Enduro at Melton’s Tabcorp Park.
With Brian Gath in the sulky, the six-year-old gelding found the lead last Friday in the Il Gambero Pace over 2240m at Melton and defied all comers in scoring a 1.8m win in a mile rate of 1:58.9.
Gath again takes the reins this Friday night, Justice saying he was a firm believer in the “winning form is good form adage”.
Justice will climb into the cart behind Machin Out, which ran seventh in the same race as his stable-mate last week, making an early three-wide move before working in the breeze.
“He’s going well he just needs a little bit of luck,” said Justice of Machin Out.
Friday night’s $20,505 Enduro is a stand-start race and neither of Justice’s entrants has won from the tapes. But that doesn't worry the champion trainer.
“They’re both ODS but they both get away pretty good from the stand,” Justice said.
The Justice stable could be set for a big night with several serious winning chances on Friday, but potentially none are more exciting than Garibaldi, which will contest the $10,000 Guaranteed First 4 Pools Pace over 2240m.
Starting from pole, the four-year-old Sands A Flyin gelding is sure to take some running down after back to back successes.
“He’s worked really good during the week and he’s a really nice horse,” Justice said.
In the second heat of the Seelite Windows and Doors Winter Trotters Cup Justice will start Invasive, which has drawn seven for the 2240m journey.
“I was really disappointed with his effort last week,” Justice declared.
“Jason (Hackett) said he went OK but I thought he should have gone better.
“I’m hoping he can bounce back.”
Invasive finished fourth, 4.5m from Blitzthemcalder last Friday night.
In Race 5, the Tabcorp Park Melton Pace over 1720m, Justice will line up two runners – Discrimination and Toulouse Lautrec.
Brian Gath will pilot Discrimination after winning aboard it last week, while Justice will steer Toulouse Lautrec from gate seven.
“I can see him being really hard to beat,” Justice said of Discrimination.
On Toulouse Lautrec Justice said, “Barrier seven usually sorts him out”.
By Cody Winnell (Harness Racing Australia)