Trainer David Smith is optimistic he can gain one more win out of in-form sprinter Jetcetera at Kalgoorlie on Sunday.
Smith plans to wind up Jetcetera’s productive goldfields winter campaign in the MBL Accounting Handicap (1300m).
The Jet Spur gelding has won two of his past three races and led to defeat Casino Belle (1400m) by a head last week.
Jetcetera, previously trained by Smith’s father, Cliff, lines up for his third consecutive appearance in as many weeks.
“It will be his last run this campaign but he has pulled up fine and the back-up will not be a problem,” said Smith.
Jetcetera, who has drawn in gate eight of 10 for jockey Jerry Noske, has found a golden streak of form after suffering a tendon injury last year.
The five-year-old spent eight months away from racing but struggled on his return when well beaten at Ascot, Northam and Belmont.
“Dad did a terrific job in nursing him back but I think a change of environment and the addition of blinkers has switched him on,” said Smith.
Jetcetera faces an awkward barrier position and a strong rival in Casino Gleam who is chasing his fourth consecutive win this campaign.
Only a nose defeat to Crown Saga has prevented the Pat Bermingham Jnr-trained gelding completing a clean sweep this season.
“He looks the hardest to beat and I wouldn’t discount Gina Gina,” said Smith.
“But I’m confident Jetcetera will be up there with a chance.”
Smith will saddle Friarday in the Golden City Motors Stayers Series Final (2200m) but believes the six-year-old could be running for a minor placing only.
Headlining the nine horse field is Ningaloo Blitz who has a firm grip on the race if she can reproduce anything like her 2100m win two weeks ago.
The daughter of Natural Blitz was brilliant; skipping away to defeat Dream Theatre by seven lengths with Friarday close behind in third.
It was Friarday’s first run for Smith and third this campaign after transferring from Grant Williams’ stable at Karnup.
“Ningaloo Blitz made her rivals look second rate,” said Smith.
“Friarday will improve fitness wise but I think we are running for second and third.”
Julio Santarelli: RWWA