ALTHOUGH he suffered his first defeat last weekend, talented freshman Scooterwillrev is expected to benefit from the experience.
That’s the call from trainer Craig Hayes when discussing the gelding’s prospects ahead of his Australasian Breeders’ Crown appearance at Tabcorp Park Melton on Sunday.
Successful in first six starts, Scooterwillrev finished a handy fifth in his semi-final won by Our Little General, which was a step up in grade.
“I was happy with his run for a number of reasons,” Hayes said. “Not only was it the toughest field he has faced, it was the first time he hadn’t led or been in the breeze, but actually travelled in the field.
“Greg (Sugars, driver) said he was field shy during the run, but will learn from it and hopefully improve this week.”
Tasmania’s sole representative on the stellar card, Scooterwillrev has drawn to gain the run of the race from the inside of the second row.
Short-priced favourite Tingira Beach has drawn to lead from barrier two, but will begin from the pole with the removal of the emergency.
Both freshmen are by boom stallion Somebeachsomewhere.
“From there he should get a great trip behind the leader and has his chance to run in the money,” Hayes said. “He has come through his run in the semi brilliantly and is ready to make the most of the draw.”
- PAUL COURTS