TALENTED squaregaiter Al Bundy appears to be well-positioned at Globe Derby on Saturday night.
Having run placings from 70-metre handicaps during his two recent outings, Al Bundy has drawn the front line in the South Australia Trotters’ Cup.
Two starts back the Greg Norman-trained gelding was beaten by six metres, while finishing eight-and-a-half metres from the winner – his stablemate, Rocknroll Baby – last weekend.
Before that, Al Bundy established a track record from a 40-metre mark.
With this weekend’s 2645-metre feature based on metropolitan assessment, Al Bundy moves to ‘scratch’, where he has drawn two.
Also a city maiden, Rocknroll Baby will come from the pole.
Thrilled with Al Bundy’s condition, Norman is confident the eight-year-old is ready to return to the winners’ circle.
“His last few runs have been great off some pretty big handicaps,” Norman said. “Moving from 70 metres behind to the front will help his cause.
“I couldn’t be happier with the way he is going and expect him to be very hard to beat.”
Although she has previously enjoyed a handicap advantage, Rocknroll Baby is capable of beating her more experienced stablemate according to Norman.
In fact, the astute horseman is positive the daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven can add the Group Two to her recent Gramel Cup victory.
“There isn’t a lot between them,” Norman said. “She’s more than capable of beating him even from even terms if she does everything right.
“She’s been pretty reliable, but can do things wrong, just like when she paced away a few starts ago.
“On that occasion she settled about 25 metres behind Al Bundy and still beat him home when second and he was third.”
- PAUL COURTS