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“He worked ‘lovely’ this morning, and if he leads, he will be a good each-way chance, said trainer-reinsman Lindsay Harper on Tuesday when assessing Hengheng’s prospects after drawing the coveted No. 1 barrier in the group 3 $30,000 DTS Security Fence Specialists The Warwick Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Hengheng, A Rich And Spoilt five-year-old will be having his third start after a spell — since he set the pace and won the group 3 Preux Chevalier Pace over 2130m last October, beating smart pacers Finvarra and Machnificent.
He broke in running and was distanced behind Miss Mucho at Gloucester Park four Tuesdays ago, and then he started from the outside of the back line and raced three back on the pegs before finishing sixth behind Arma Einstein last Friday night.
“From barrier one he likes to keep rolling,” said Harper. “He has had a bit of a chequered preparation. He needed the run last Friday when he had a nice soft run and hit the line good. I think he should lead. Pradason, from barrier eight, could be a danger if he crosses us at the start. If he doesn’t cross, I think Hengheng will be a good chance.”
Friday night’s event is quite open, with several runners having winning prospects. They include Hittheroadjack (barrier seven), Orlando Blue (nine), Pradason, Macz Brother (four), Itsnotova (three) and Livy Jay (five).
Hittheroadjack, trained by Greg and Skye Bond and to be driven by Dylan Egerton-Green, put up an excellent performance last Friday week when he galloped at the standing start and lost 20 metres before finishing determinedly from seventh at the bell to be a half-length second to Caveman. He looks set to fight out the finish this week.