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Reinsman Mark Reed was delighted when Arma Indie returned to good form with an all-the-way victory last Friday night, and he predicts the five-year-old mare is capable of repeating the dose when she starts from the prized No. 1 barrier in the Catalano Truck And Equipment Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
“I think she will be improved by her run last week,” he said. “She is a good frontrunner who should again give her rivals something to chase, even though it is a bit stronger field.”
It appears to be quite an even field, with Arma Indie’s main rivals likely to be last-start winners Double Expresso and Heez Our Perseus, as well as Carrera Mach, who was an unlucky third behind Manning last Friday night when he lost ground in the back straight in the final circuit when he locked sulky wheels with The Kraken.
Carrera Mach and Double Expresso are trained by Ross Olivieri, who gives both pacers a good chance of winning. “Carrera Mach was unlucky last week, and he will make his presence felt,” said Olivieri. “He is not far away from a win.
“Double Expresso has drawn barrier No. 10, the inside of the back line. It’s not a bad draw. I remember when she started from barrier ten in the Caduceus Club Classic in February 2020, raced three back on the pegs and won from Major Martini.”
Double Expresso bounced back to her best last Friday night when she started from the outside of the front line, settled in tenth place and finished powerfully to win by two lengths from Alta Rhett.
Heez Our Perseus, trained by Gary Hall snr, is in splendid form, with two wins and two seconds from his past four starts. He is poorly drawn out wide at barrier seven but cannot be underestimated.
“The wide barrier will test him,” said reinsman Gary Hall jnr. “However, he is a good sit-sprint horse, and will probably be driven that way. He is going well enough to play a part.”