Trainer Chris Gangemi is banking on Barzinho to shed his inconsistent tag and bounce back to win the $100,000 Geraldton Cup (2100m) on Sunday.
Gangemi believes if Barzinho can pull out a similar performance to last month’s Mount Barker Cup (2000m) he will be right in the mix.
The Hussonet gelding proved too powerful in the Great Southern feature, storming home to defeat Master Magician by a decisive two lengths.
But high hopes he could back up in the Albany Cup (2070m) fell a long way short of the mark when he was well beaten behind Push To Pass.
Barzinho, Ashley Maley’s Push To Pass and the Adam Durrant-trained At The Ready will look to extend Perth’s dominance in the Geraldton Cup.
Calico Blue, prepared by Rhona MacPhilomey in 2010, the previous Geraldton-trained galloper that defied the visiting Perth raiders.
Gangemi said Barzinho, drawn to get a good run in barrier three for jockey, Jarrad Noske, can atone to collect a second country cup.
“I think Geraldton will be a lot more suitable that Albany or Mt Barker to be honest,” Gangemi said.
“It’s a big firm open track and it should suit him a lot better.
“He is quite an inconsistent horse.
“He can put in a big one then put in a shocker.
“But hopefully he is due a big one.
“If he can reproduce his Mount Barker run he should be thereabouts for sure.”
Gangemi is confident stable mate Lockroy can improve and be hard to beat in the Batavia Sprint (1300m).
The bay gelding races second-up this campaign after a solid third behind More Aces over 1100m at Ascot.
“He was good chasing a hot speed first-up without a trial and that should bring him on a heap,” Gangemi said.
“He has drawn a good gate to be in the box seat and it looks a nice race for him.
“I’m confident he can see the 1300m and if he can he will be in the finish.”
Lockroy will jump from barrier three and be ridden by Peter Knuckey.