Paterson Aims To Deliver Another Knockout Blow

19
Sep

Fresh from his win in the Hannans Handicap (1400m), jockey Ben Paterson believes he can pull out another upset result in the XXXX-Gold Kalgoorlie Cup (2300m) on Saturday.

Paterson teams up with Drive West and is adamant the son of Blackfriars can play a prominent role if he reproduces his victory from two starts back at Belmont.

The Joe Miller-trained gelding scored at big odds and returned $90.70 on the TAB after Paterson gained a dream inside run along the fence.

Paterson’s optimism hasn’t been matched by punters who have largely ignored Drive West; he is quoted a $41 hope with Tabtouch.

Supporter confidence took a blow and was dented when he finished ninth of 11 to Red Blast in last Sunday’s Boulder Cup (2100m).

“From his wide barrier I had to get further back than I would have liked and that goes against his racing pattern,” said Paterson.

“From an improved barrier position I can be a lot closer to the leaders.

“I was offered several cup rides but stuck with Drive West because I know he can stay.

“If he can produce a similar effort like two starts back he is in with definite claims.”

Drive West, who has four of five career victories at 2200m, will jump from barrier four.

Julio Santarelli