CONNECTIONS of handy squaregaiter Zedalite hope third time is a charm when they head to Globe Derby tomorrow.
Engaged in the South Australia Trotters’ Cup, Zedalite has finished second in the past two editions of the feature.
In 2014 the son of Zooma found Trappers Puzzle too good, while last season he beat all but his stablemate Leannes Boy.
Racing in solid form, the Brent Lilley-trained gelding faces an arduous task from a 10-metre handicap, however, the astute mentor is confident Zedalite can break his bridesmaid status.
“After a couple of seconds, hopefully this is his year to win the Cup,” Lilley said. “He has been racing well without a lot of luck and I’m happy with where he is at.
“At his last start he was three-wide without cover before finishing second, which was a good run.
“It’s always tough to come from a handicap, especially around a tight circuit like Globe Derby, but he is more than capable of getting the job done.
“We’ll just have to see how the race pans out.”
Citing fellow Victorian raider El Paco as the main danger despite his 30-metre backmark, Lilley is also weary of in-form Melpark Royal Son, which also begin from the 10-metre mark.
Trained and driven by John Cremin, the exceptionally-bred gelding has won three of his last five starts, while finishing second on the other two occasions.
By Majestic Son, the six-year-old is from former outstanding mare Melpark Maid.
“It is hard to line up Queensland form, but you can’t do more than win, which is what he has been doing,” Lilley said.
- PAUL COURTS