Lone Perth raider Reflectance will be out to upset the locals when he lines up in the GBF-Underground Kambalda Cup (1400m) at Kalgoorlie on Sunday.
Reflectance won first up at Kalgoorlie last July and two weeks ago at the same track he caught the eye with a fast-finishing third behind Crown Saga.
The seven-year-old was near last approaching the home turn, but ran the quickest final 600m in a sizzling 32.73sec. when beaten 1.5 lengths.
The step up from 1100m to 1400m looks ideal for the son of Redoute’s Choice who has four of seven career wins at the distance.
Flying Time, one of four starters in the race for trainer, Peter Fernie and Halusa, who are set to lock horns again, appear the best of the local brigade.
The pair met last fortnight in the Goldfields Toyota Cup (1300m) with honours going to Flying Time who inflicted Halusa’s first defeat since he arrived in the goldfields.
Flying Time, formerly trained by Smith, dashed away to score a dominant three length victory with Hellyer and High Limit battling away for the minor end of the prize.
Halusa was all the rage with punters and started an odds on favourite to make it a quartet of wins, but faded to fourth after attempting to lead from the outset.
But there were genuine excuses for the son of Oratorio who went into the race under a fitness cloud after a one month layoff with a foot abscess.
He is certain to strip fitter and be improved second up and meets Flying Time 1.5kg better.
Flying Time, Prohurst Express, Casino Belle and High Limit give the Fernie stable strong representation with four of the 11 runners.
Reflectance, who drops 3kg to 57kg, will be ridden from barrier 11 by Lucy Warwick.
Flying Time has drawn barrier eight and Brad Parnham takes the ride.
Halusa has drawn ideally in barrier one. Troy Turner replaces apprentice, Mollie Clark.