A considerable drop in class should enable Space Junk to end a losing sequence of 11 (including only two third placings) when he starts from the favourable No. 2 barrier in the opening event, the 2130m Sky Racing Pace, at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
The seven-year-old Space Junk, trained by Giles Inwood and to be driven by Chris Lewis, is the least experienced runner in a field of ten with his 48 starts producing 15 wins and nine placings.
There is little exposed form, with the ten runners having had a combined total of 1210 starts (an average of 121 starts per horse) for 135 wins and 279 places.
Space Junk is a noted frontrunner who should take plenty of catching, providing he is able to get to an early lead from the polemarker Twentynine Twelve, who has managed one placing from his past 17 starts and has won once from his past 54 starts. However, the eight-year-old veteran of 146 starts has shown ability as a frontrunner, having led and won twice at Pinjarra and once at Williams.
Inwood has a sound second string runner in Disco Under Fire, who will start from the No. 4 barrier with Gary Hall Jnr in the sulky. Disco Under Fire was an all-the-way winner over 2185m at Pinjarra seven starts ago.
Eight-year-old Rocknroll Whitby is capable of a forward showing even from out wide at barrier eight, judged by his solid fourth behind My Carbon Copy last Friday night after working hard in the breeze. He has managed just one placing from his past 12 starts.
by Ken Casellas