SCONE trainer Luke Griffith will be hoping for a bit of tempo and some Greg Ryan magic when he lines up last-start winner Sutton Power in the Bourke Bowling Club Benchmark 55 Handicap (1600m) at Dubbo tomorrow.
The five-year-old was an impressive winner over 1400m at Dubbo on February 17, coming from a long way back to score and while tomorrow's race is only a Benchmark 55, it features the likes of Narromine Cup winner General Hirad and in-form frontrunners Oceanic and Flash Academy.
And it is the latter pair which Griffith would like to see set a good speed.
"My mare has trained on well since that win at Dubbo and I think that long straight suits her because she gets a chance to balance up and run on strongly," Griffith said.
"I think having a couple of leaders in the race will suit because both like to run along a bit and if they can set up some speed and Greg can get her out wide and winding up she has enough ability to be very competitive.
"The way she finished her race off last time, and even the run before that when she finished second to Oceanic at Mudgee, suggests she should run a strong mile but you never know until you try them and Saturday's race will be a chance for us to learn a bit more about her."
By former top three-year-old and handy sire Testa Rossa out of the Peintre Celebre (USA) mare Morning Dews, Sutton Power has won three races and placed on six other occasions from 17 starts.
But she has come into her own in recent times, winning two and placing twice at her past four starts.
"There's a few races coming up for her if she shows us she gets a good mile and she might be a mare we can take to the provincials or even a no-metro-win race at the midweekers in Sydney," Griffith said.
"But she would want to be competitive on Saturday for us to consider that."
Griffith has two other runners in the race - Tarzan Toby and Krakkatinnie.
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