Merv Dellar is hoping he can continue to reap dividends with What Do I Stand For in the Tentland Bookings Now Available Handicap (1100m) at Kalgoorlie on Sunday.
Dellar delayed the three-year-olds entry into racing but was rewarded for his persistence when the son of Danehill Express produced a well-timed victory last fortnight.
It was the gelding’s fourth life time start and followed a third placing to Hurricane Coming when he stepped out for his maiden appearance in April.
“I bought him as a weanling but he has had his issues and it’s taken a long time to get him right,” said Dellar.
“He is a real nervy and flighty horse but I own him and was prepared to take my time with him.”
“I’m restricted in the amount of work I can give him and that’s a concern going into the weekend.
“He is also up against older and more experienced horses but I’m confident he will run a competitive race.”
Stable mate Star Trader gets his chance to breakthrough against a small but competitive line-up in the Relph Electrical Handicap (1100m).
Peter Fernie holds a strong hand with Screaming Plum and Walk By My Side while speedster Tahi Delek makes her first appearance of the season.
Star Trader, drawn the wide gate in the field of eight, has been placed third at his past two starts.
“He is a horse that should have a better win-loss ratio,” said Dellar.
“His pattern of racing doesn’t really suit Kalgoorlie.
“But he has been consistent and found a few cheques for us.
“He needs everything to go his way and can play a part with the right run.”
Dellar concedes Albertani has been disappointing but says the gelding’s previous run was better than what it looked.
The son of Snitzel finished eighth of nine to Comanche Red after racing wide throughout on June 8.
“It looked ordinary on paper but he stuck on well,” said Dellar.
“It indicated to me he still wants to be there.
“I know he hasn’t done a lot but that was his first run in five weeks.”
Meanwhile if Golbo can reproduce her maiden victory from a fortnight back she will be hard to beat in the Goldfields Laundry Handicap (1760m).
The Paul Smythe-trained four-year-old sizzled home off a slow pace when drawing away to win by an impressive 2 ½ lengths.
It followed a narrow runner-up placing to Diamond Deal when she made her debut over 1300m on Anzac Day.
The Carpanetto mare has to overcome an awkward draw but she appears to have promise and will attract solid support.