Gary Delane is upbeat about the prospects of Sangaree and believes the former New South Wales galloper will be the big improver at Albany on Thursday.
The experienced trainer has a good opinion of Sangaree who shed his maiden tag under Delane’s watch at Mount Barker last November.
In a tight battle the five-year-old got the better of Fathoms Of Gold and scored by a long neck before being tipped out for a brief spell.
He resumed with a fourth to American Caesar but it was his previous hit out at Albany that lifted Delane’s confidence.
The Nadeem gelding got a long way back but charged home to be placed third and 1 ½ lengths from Divine Bay.
“He had no luck from a wide draw but I liked the way he attacked the line,” said Delane.
“I think he will come on sharply and can be the big improver.
“He is going super and can go on with it.”
Sangaree, who drops from 58kg to 55k with Kate Fitzgerald’s claim, will start from barrier ten in the A1 Sandblasting Handicap (1625m).
Delane says starting from the second widest gate and rising in distance will pose no serious threat to Sangaree.
“He can go forward and lead although that’s not my preferred option,” said Delane.
“He won’t get as far back and can settled third or fourth with cover.
“The step-up to the mile is not an issue.”
Delane admits Garcia didn’t perform to expectations but expects the four-year-old to bounce back in the MCB Constructions Handicap (1235m).
Delane had no hesitation in bringing Garcia to Perth after the Sydney galloper scored a first-up win for the stable at Albany.
The son of Hussonet confronted a handy line up at Ascot but couldn’t make up any ground when fifth to Tiger Pete.
“I was a bit disappointed,” said Delane.
“He didn’t let down as I would have liked.
“But he is a super horse who will get over ground.
“Depending on how he performs he will be back in Perth.
“I expect him to win.”
Delane advises punters to stick solid with Gibraltar Rock who raced wide throughout when 10th of 15 to Divine Bay at Albany on 5 April.
It was a rare blip from the Carpanetto four-year-old after a Mount Barker win and three consecutive second placings previously.
Delane gives Gibraltar Rock a big chance of bouncing back in the GWN7 News Handicap (1235m).
“He was off the course and had no luck,” said Delane.
“Under the circumstances it was a run full of merit.
“I’ve got a lot of time for this horse and think there is some scope to him.”
Delane has a two-pronged attack in the Amazing Albany Handicap (1235m), but bumps into boom sprinter, Run Liam Run, who is unbeaten at Albany this season and will attempt to stretch his winning sequence to five.
Delane said Balavan and Galiletto are capable sprinters when on top of their game but will need to improve after the former ran 16 lengths last to Flytego at Ascot and the latter second-last behind Dream Lifter in the Fitzpatrick Plate.