Potter to play strong hand in Youthful Stakes

05:29 PM 06 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Nathan Jack
Nathan Jack will drive Wegottarocketmachine
Photo by Simon Evans

The early season two-year-old form is starting to take shape and with the Youthful Stakes for the fillies fast approaching, one man who is set to play a strong hand is Avenel trainer Wayne Potter.

His pair in Naevia and Wegottarocketmachine both went around at long odds-on when making their debut and each scored impressive victories.

But the barriers have not been kind for their first try in feature race company; Naevia has six while Wegottarocketmachine will start from one place wider on the front row in seven.

And the field has plenty of talent with well-spruiked debutante Keayang Gertie, debut winner Queen Of Pop and highly touted Ballarat filly Soho Tokyo.

That being said, Potter would still be pretty comfortable with his two lightly raced commodities.

“She’s pretty casual (Naevia) and pretty green so I’d say she will be a lot better from behind but she’s got a bit of speed and a bit of strength about it,” Potter said.

“It was a bit hard to line up how Wegottarocketmachine went on debut but I think she’s a bit better than the other filly.

“She’s still learning but she has a bit more speed. I think she knocked off a bit when she was in front but Nathan (Jack) was pretty happy with her and she did go 1:57.8 on a slow day.”

Despite both fillies being on the up, each has to contend with the outside of the front row draws but it’s not something their trainer will dwell on.

With Nathan Jack electing to drive Wegottarocketmachine, Potter is declaring her the better of the two; at this stage.

“It’s not a really good draw for either of them, I would have preferred to draw the back line and come with one run but they’ll just keep working forward I suppose and see where they lob,” he said.

“Naevia keeps improving but at this stage Wegottarocketmachine is a little more brilliant and is fairly strong so she has a bit of everything.

“Naevia will head off to Bathurst after this but we will just keep the other filly here because she isn’t nominated for too much else in the near future.”

by Blake Redden

Harness Racing Victoria

 

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