After all the build-up it’s a case of a little less conversation a little more action (please) for Tom Pay, with the teenage Dubbo reinsman to line up in the $9,180 Elvis Championship Final (2040m) at Parkes on Wednesday night.
It’s now or never for Pay, who will look to cause a surprise in the feature event of the night. He will drive Nathan Turnbull’s Brocks Under Fire, and will be hoping he’s somewhat of a good luck charm for the four-year-old after guiding him to one of his better recent runs.
That was a second-placed finish at Bathurst late last year and after that run, and the effort in the heat, there’s no doubt some of his Final rivals will have suspicious minds when it comes to analysing Pay’s drive.
Amanda Turnbull, while a champion driver, may be the devil is disguise for Pay. Turnbull will drive Greengold, who has won four straight this preparation and is certain to receive a big hunk o’ love from the punters.
In a stellar field, Pay will look to drive Brocks A Chance to the promised land and just the third win of his career and get the crowd all shook up when the Final races at 7.40pm.
A bumper crowd is expected to be on hand with Parkes’ annual Elvis festival being launched earlier on Wednesday.
The Brocks Under Fire drive is one of four for the up-and-coming Pay at the eight-race meeting.