Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing
Five-year-old gelding The Tiger Army finished third, three and a half lengths behind the second placegetter Tiza New Day in a 2130m event last Friday week, and he will resume hostilities with his six-year-old rival in the final event, the 2536m Ima Rocket Star Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
Tiza New Day, trained by Jason Woodworth and to be driven by Deni Roberts, has the perfect draw at barrier one and is sure to prove hard to beat. However, The Tiger Amy, trained by Nathan Turvey and to be handled by Emily Suvaljko, has sound prospects of turning the tables.
The Tiger Army had a tough run in the breeze before wilting to third behind the speedy Talks Up A Storm and Tiza New Day two weeks ago, while Tiza New Day enjoyed an ideal passage behind the pacemaking Talks Up A Storm and fought on gamely to finish second, with the final 800m being covered in a fast 55.7sec.
This week The Tiger Army is the solitary runner on the back line, leaving Suvaljko the option of taking the trail behind Tiza New Day or easing off the pegs in the early stages and going forward in a bid to obtain a handy position in the one-wide line.
Im Spiderman (barrier four) is a smart beginner and Dylan Egerton-Green could well attempt a concerted bid for the early lead, while Soho Broadway, the only mare in the race, has the ability to return to the winning list.
Soho Broadway, trained by Gary Hall Snr and to be driven by Gary Hall Jnr, will start from barrier six at her second appearance after a spell. She is sure to derived considerable benefit from her first-up effort last Friday week when she enjoyed an ideal passage in the one-out, one-back position but just battled on into fourth place.