Local trainer Gary Bowen is confident that Private Business can make it successive victories at the KBRC Sunday.
The six year old has returned this season better than ever winning two of his three starts this preparation in open company.
Bowen believes the chestnut has thrived since his last run and should be there come the finish line.
“He worked brilliantly on Thursday and every indication suggests he has improved on his last run”
The Key Business gelding has drawn barrier three this week with Bowen suggesting regular rider Natasha Faithfull will sit behind the pace on Sunday.
“We drew the outside barrier last start and Tash worked forward so we wouldn’t be caught wide which paid off”
“This week we should enjoy an easier run behind the pacemakers ready to strike in the straight”
Bowen, who races the nine time victor with son Brad believes Kronfeld is the biggest threat on Sunday.
“Kronfeld has won three times over 1400m and his runs to date have been very good”
“In saying that, we will be there and I believe Private Business’ ideal distance is 1400m.”
Although in great form, Bowen is quick to shoot down any plans of targeting the Hannans Handicap later in the year.
“Right now, I don’t think he’s good enough to put in the Hannans”
“He will go for a mid-season spell after the next run or two and we will decide what we do with him when he comes back from the paddock”
With the horse’s country handicap rating on the up Bowen believes he may no other avenue than taking him to Perth in the short term, something Bowen is not particularly fond of doing.
“He’s never been on a two horse float and I believe taking them to Perth can knock them around, in saying that we may have no other choice”
Of the other three runners Bowen has engaged he believes Formidable Storm is the best hope in the fourth event.
“They are all each way chances, Formidable Storm has drawn well in an even field so we are expecting a good performance from her”
Bowen has four wins to date this season and sits second in the leading trainer award.