STARS TO ALIGN

South Western Times - - Sport -

Young­ster Cody Wall­rodt is in prime po­si­tion to guide The Stars Above to consecutiv­e vic­to­ries in tonight’s All­wood Stud 3YO West­bred Pre­lude 2 Pace (2100m) at Don­ald­son Park.

Wall­rodt, who has driven the Justin Pren­tice-trained geld­ing in three of his last four starts, had him fir­ing on all cylin­ders last Fri­day when he de­feated Roy­al­hotspot by 14.9m.

In that dis­play, the three-yearold needed lit­tle co­erc­ing in mov­ing to the front and he faced min­i­mal re­sis­tance in get­ting the job done.

How­ever in or­der to get the win, the geld­ing will need to si­lence the claims of Jocelyn Young’s three­year-old War­riors Legacy, who will also be driven by her.

Aside from a dis­ap­point­ing show­ing in the Nar­ro­gin WA Coun­try Derby (2569m) on March 28, War­riors Legacy has placed in four of his last five starts, in­clud­ing a win over Rockin The Trend at Pin­jarra on Mon­day.

Given the jour­ney was also 2100m, he should have pulled up nicely and will be com­pet­i­tive from a like­able draw.

Bun­bury reins­man Kaiden Hayter will be hop­ing his five-year-old Fight Song can snap an un­wanted run of re­sults when he takes aim in the Blondie’s Blitz SS Pace (2503m).

Op­er­at­ing off a 40m hand­i­cap, Hayter’s geld­ing will be 10m off rag­ing pre-race favourite Leap Of Faith, with the Kiwi hav­ing won her last four.

Given her strong vic­tory at Glouces­ter Park af­ter re­turn­ing from a short spell, it is fair to say the ab­sence has done her the world of good.

Fight Song’s last vic­tory came off a 30m hand­i­cap in Feb­ru­ary, when he held off Happy As by a short half head. Hayter could se­cure some suc­cess ear­lier on the card, when he takes the reins of How Gouda She in the Boyle Fam­ily Broome­hill Pace (1609m).

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