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Talented Boyanup trainer Justin Prentice will be aiming to complete a hat-trick of wins when he starts Tricki Miki in the $50,000 APG Sales Classic for three-year-old colts and geldings at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
He has won the group 2 feature event for the past two years, scoring with Major Martini in 2020 and Mighty Ronaldo last year.
Tricki Miki is favourably drawn at barrier two in the 2130m event, with two of his most serious rivals, Swingband and Floewriter awkwardly drawn at barriers eight and seven, respectively.
Tricky Miki has been freshened up since his all-the-way victory, by a head over the fast-finishing The Miki Taker and Swingband over 2130m five weeks ago. After a slow early pace, he dashed home over the final 400m sections in 27.9sec. and 27.6sec.
That was Tricky Miki’s third win from six starts and he looks set for a bright future.
Swingband, to be driven by Michael Grantham for trainer Ryan Bell, is a winner at four of his nine starts and has wonderful potential. He began from the No. 5 barrier and raced in the breeze for the final 1600m when a splendid second to the pacemaker Floewriter over 2130m last Friday night.
He led and won in good style from Maungatahi and The Miki Taker at a 1.56.9 rate over 2536m at Gloucester Park two weeks earlier.
Floewriter, who notched his eighth win from 16 starts when he led from barrier one and beat Swingband last Friday night, is awkwardly drawn at barrier No. 7. The Aiden de Campo-trained colt will again be handled by Ryan Warwick, while de Campo will drive stablemate Rock On Top from barrier two on the back line.
Rock On Top was sixth and last at the bell before finishing strongly, out wide, to be fourth behind Floewriter last Friday night. He has won at four of his 12 starts and is capable of a bold showing.
Mister Montblanc (barrier three) and Soho Santorini, the sole runner on the back line, are racing with admirable enthusiasm and will have admirers.
Mister Montblanc, trained by Annie Belton and to be driven by Chris Lewis, had a tough run without cover when second to Tumblin Dice over 2130m at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. He set the pace with wins at Pinjarra and Gloucester Park in January.
Soho Santorini, trained and driven by Kim Prentice, has resumed after a spell in fine style, with a first-up third at Pinjarra behind Mister Montblanc after he had raced wide early and then in the breeze, followed by a strong but narrow victory over Whataretheodds and Griffin Lodge at Gloucester Park.