Trainer Stephen Rowe cautions punters not to discount his charge Pharomac in the $140,000 Listed TABtouch Hannans Handicap (1400m) at Kalgoorlie this afternoon.
Pharomac is currently rated a $26 chance in TABtouch markets, but Rowe is confident a gun barrier draw has boosted the six-year-old’s claims of snatching victory.
Rowe says with top fancies including favourite Red Ora looking to overcome their awkward wide barriers, Pharomac can enjoy the run of the race from gate two.
“The Hannans is always a frenetic race early as they sort themselves out looking to take up their spots,” said Rowe.
“From his position Ryan (Hill) can sit on top of the speed because it’s a race where you don’t want to get too far back.”
Rowe says Pharomac’s record at the track is something to consider and could provide the crucial difference between success and failure.
Pharomac ran third placings in the York Cup (1500m) and Narrogin Cup (1900m), but it’s been in the goldfields where he has shone the brightest.
The son of Dane Shadow scored first up in June and followed up with two further wins and two placings from his next four outings.
“He loves the course and environment in Kalgoorlie,” said Rowe.
“He has done his best work in the goldfields.
“He is a fighter this horse and has a will to win.
“He has a bulldog spirit that I love.
“He will be in front at some stage of the race.”