Jockey Peter Knuckey is in sight of claiming his first Boulder Cup (2111m) victory when he partners No Say In It at Kalgoorlie on Sunday.
Knuckey says the six-year-old will improve on his last-start effort over 2200m when in a race devoid of speed, he finished a close second to Spiritual Warrior at Belmont.
“That staying race wasn’t really run to suit him, “Knuckey said.
“If we get a good tempo in the Boulder Cup I’m sure he is going to be right there.
“He is in form and ticks all the right boxes.”
Prepared by Lindsey Smith, No Say In It has drawn barrier nine and carriers 54kg, 4.5kg less than his most recent run.
Meanwhile Mitchell Pateman is the new rider for Touch Of Silver, replacing the suspended, Peter Hall and says his confidence was boosted after the seven-year-old drew favourably in barrier five.
The Adam Durrant-trained Saxon gelding ran a slashing fifth in the Coolgardie Cup, but had too much ground to make up in the straight after settling back from a wide draw.
“Adam (Durrant) said if he drew a gate he would be hard to beat and that gives me confidence,” Pateman said.
Touch Of Silver is one of two entrants for Durrant with stable mate First Affair seeking her second consecutive Boulder Cup win.
To be ridden by William Pike, First Affair was desperately unlucky in the Coolgardie Cup after getting held up in the straight.
Touch Of Silver ($3.60) and First Affair ($4) head Tabtouch betting.
No Say In It is at $4.80.