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Talented young reinsman Dylan Egerton-Green is preparing for a busy time at Gloucester Park on Friday night when he will drive in the first nine events on the ten-event program.

“I have got a handy book of drives, and they should all hold their own,” he said.

He says that one of his best chances is Shadow Roll, a New Zealand-bred six-year-old he prepares at Banjup.

Shadow Roll, who will start from barrier four, has a losing sequence of nine which includes five second placings.  “He is going well, and it is probably best to forget his latest run when they went silly (with a scorching lead time of 35.4sec. and second and third quarters of 28.3sec. and 28.5sec.),” he explained.

“I give him a great chance this week.” Two starts ago, Shadow Roll set a solid pace and finished second to Rupert of Lincoln, and two starts before that he led and finished a half-head second to Alta Intrigue.

Egerton-Green is also looking forward to strong performances from other members of his team, Maungatahi (race one), Typhoon Banner (race two) and Purest Silk (race eight).

Maungatahi is in sparkling form, with his past four starts producing a fast-finishing victory at Pinjarra and three close seconds, including his eye-catching run behind Floewriter over 1730m last Friday night when he surged home from seventh at the bell.

“He is a nice horse, it is a nice field, and he should hold his own,” said Egerton-Green. “He is learning with every race and is getting better and better. He should get a nice trip from barrier two on the back line.”

Maungatahi will clash with some smart three-year-olds, including Machs Bettor, Paul Edward, Jackpot Joe, Floewriter, Tricky Miki and Swingband.

Machs Better, trained and driven by Ryan Bell, is ideally drawn at barrier two, and if he reproduces his effort of two starts ago when he led and won easily from Noted and Griffin Lodge, rating 1.55.6 over130m, he will take a power of beating.

He appeared at Bunbury last Friday night when he raced three back on the pegs and battled on to finish third behind Jackpot Joe, who raced three wide for the first 600m and then set a modest pace before sprinting over the final 400m in 26.8sec.

The Justin Prentice-trained Tricky Miki will have an army of supporters at his first appearance since he scored a convincing win in the group 1 Golden Slipper, rating1.57.7 over 2130m at Gloucester Park on July 11.

That was Tricky Miky’s second win from four starts, and he looks set for a fine career. He will be driven by Gary Hall jnr from the outside barrier (three) on the back line.

“It’s a bad draw, obviously,” said Hall. “But he is a good horse. I will probably drive him conservatively.”