Ques­tion over Big Caro­line

South Western Times - - Sport -

One of the many ques­tions head­ing into Satur­day’s sea­son opener at the Bun­bury Turf Club is whether Peter and Matthew Gi­adresco’s ex­pe­ri­enced mare Big Caro­line can fi­nally break through for vic­tory in the JCW Elec­tri­cal hand­i­cap (1100m).

Hav­ing placed four times in her last five starts — in­clud­ing three sec­ond plac­ings — the mare is ca­pa­ble of get­ting the job done, with Mitchell Pate­man aboard.

De­spite draw­ing bar­rier two, the Gi­adresco sta­ble will be con­fi­dent her re­silience in the clos­ing stages will be enough to se­cure line hon­ours.

Oth­ers to push for vic­tory should in­clude Adam Dur­rant’s run­ner How To Fly, who recorded an im­pres­sive vic­tory at Bel­mont Park on Septem­ber 29 af­ter sprint­ing clear in the fi­nal 200m and Stage­man, who will be rid­den by Wil­liam Pike.

An­other ques­tion is can any­one stop Lind­sey Smith’s four-year-old Great Again from mak­ing it six con­sec­u­tive wins?

Hav­ing drawn bar­rier 10, Pate­man will be lick­ing his lips at the prospect of claim­ing the In Me­mory of Bren­dan Bal­lan­tyne hand­i­cap (1400m), with his clos­ing speed no­to­ri­ous for trou­bling ri­vals.

Rac­ing gets un­der way at 1.19pm.

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