Sharon Miller believes emerging stayer Prying Tom has the class edge to overcome a big weight and a wide draw in the $100,000 Boulder Cup (2100m) at Kalgoorlie on Sunday.
To take out the Listed Goldfields feature, Prying Tom, a son of 2006 Kalgoorlie Cup champion, Black Tom, will have to lump the 59kg top weight and start from barrier 11.
But a defiant Miller says Prying Tom has the ability to overcome all obstacles and was entering the race in peak form after notching four straight wins at Belmont and Pinjarra.
Chasing her first success in the Boulder Cup after Shinta Mani ran second last year, Miller said Prying Tom was up to the biggest challenge of his 26 start career.
“It’s a bit tricky because we have drawn wide and he will probably have to go back, but there looks to be a bit of pace and it should be run nice and true for him,” Miller said.
“He has grown up a lot now and has developed and grown into a really nice and emerging stayer.
“He is going really well, I can’t fault him and I’m really looking forward to Sunday.
“He will either carry the weight or he won’t.”
Prying Tom will be ridden by regular rider Alan Kennedy, a winner of last year’s Boulder Cup with Already Famous.
Meanwhile co-trainer Grant Williams gives State Prosecutor a big chance of halting Prying Tom’s winning run and turning the tables with a weight swing.
State Prosecutor ran a half-length second to Prying Tom when they clashed over 2200m at Belmont two weeks ago and meets him 1.5kg better on the weekend.
“Prying Tom is in top form and the horse to beat, but he has to do it with the big weight,” Williams said.
“I’m looking forward to seeing what State Prosecutor can do with a weight advantage.”
State Prosecutor has drawn barrier one. Champion jockey William Pike, out to secure his first Boulder Cup, retains the mount.
And Adam Durrant said First Affair had trained on well after a fast closing third in the Coolgardie Cup (1760m).
“This is a stronger race, but she is a definite top three chance,” Durrant said.
“When she hits form she usually holds it.”
Adam Durrant has won the Boulder Cup previously with Reverend Lovejoy (2009-2011).
State Prosecutor ($2.15) shades Prying Tom ($2.60) for TAB favouritism.
First Affair, after opening at $15, has firmed to $8.50.