Luck isn’t something that has been in favour of Albany Cup (2070m) prospect, Not Again Ken, according to trainer Mark Wright.
In particular, Wright refers to Not Again Ken’s past two starts at Bunbury, saying the gelding has been a victim of circumstances.
After being in a prominent position in last week’s Bunbury Cup (2200m), Not Again Ken faded to last, but Wright says the five-year-old didn’t have the best run late.
Two starts back he was edged out in a thriller to the Bull and Bush Tavern Cup (2019m), running a long-head third to Dark Alert, a top run after he received a blow to the head close to the line.
Wright fears the presence of Scooner and jockey Chris Parnham will be the hardest to beat in the Albany Cup, but says with a change of fortune Not Again Ken can have a major impact in the $100,000 feature.
“In the Bunbury Cup, he got cramped for room at a vital stage and was pocketed for a run,” Wright said.
“In the Bull and Bush a whip poked him in the eye about 50m out and he probably should have won the race.
“I think he is a horse that hasn’t had a lot go his way in recent times, he has run up the backsides of a few horses and if there is trouble he finds it.
“He is the type of horse that doesn’t like being boxed in and is more effective when he has clear galloping room.
“He has pulled up fine from the Bunbury Cup and if he gets any type of luck in running I am quietly confident.”
The Stephen Miller-trained Scooner heads TABtouch markets at $4.00 with Not Again Ken and Barzinho $5.
Push To Pass ($6), Rhino Buster ($6.50), Cougar Nights ($7), Rhino Buster ($7) and Prentice ($8.50) are also under $10.
Not Again Ken lumps the 58kg top weight. Matthieu Autier will ride the son of Courvoisier.
Esperance Cup winner, Scooner, carriers 56kg for Parnham.
Wright is aiming to win his first Albany Cup after running second with The Ladies Choice in 2016.