Peter Daly is confident he has the weaponry in his armour to halt the hot winning streak of giant slayer Tindal at Carnarvon on Friday.
Daly is not shying away from challenging a horse that appears unflappable and has yet to taste defeat at Carnarvon this season.
Tindal, a former Listed winner in Sydney, extended his winning sequence to four when he led unchallenged over 1400m on June 28.
Daly, who rests his faith with In Plain Sight and Surrcosta, believes they can expose a chink in Tindal’s armour when they clash in the Memorial Cup (1600m).
Surrcosta defeated Tindal in Geraldton last year but hasn’t gained the upper hand in their three clashes this campaign, twice finishing third.
In Plain Sight has yet to run into the might of Tindal but impressed Daly with a second placing to Tell Me This when second up over 1400 last fortnight.
“It was an enormous run and you had to see it to believe it,” said Daly.
“He was trapped five wide the entire trip but ran on strongly “It was the run of the day and he just kept coming at them.
“A weigh drop will also be an advantage. “On that run I have a slight leaning to In Plain Sight.
“But I’m not discounting Surrcosta who hasn’t had much luck.
“I think they both will finish ahead of Tindal.”
In Plain Sight, in the hands of Kyra Yuill, will jump from an inside gate and is on the 55kg minimum, a 3 ½ kg drop on his previous run.
Drawn on the outside of In Plain Sight is stable mate Surrcosta who carries 55.5kg for experienced jockey Mark Forder.
Tindal, to be ridden by Mitchell Pateman, lumps 61kg, his biggest weight this season and tackles an awkward draw in gate eight.
Daly says Tindal, a noted front-runner, won’t be getting it easy in front.
“He is a good horse but if you allow him to free wheel with no pressure no one will beat him,” said Daly.
“I anticipate Surrcosta going forward and there might be a few others applying the same tactic.
“Tindal has to carry big weight and might have to work hard to get across from a wide draw.
“He shouldn’t be getting it too easy.”
Daly admits he is heading into unchartered waters with stable newcomer Franciscan who steps out for his first official outing in the Loveapple Maiden (1200m).
The son of Northern Meteor, who hasn’t trialled, has been gifted a gun draw in barrier five for Mark Forder and wears blinkers for his race debut.
“On his work and times I thought he could be anything,” said Daly.
“But he is not the brightest of animals.
“He worked with the blinkers on Tuesday and that sharpened him right up. “You will have to take on trust but I’m looking forward to what he can show.”