Karloo Threeothree has let punters down on more than one occasion this preparation, but the classy three-year-old gets a chance to bounce back into the winner’s circle at Dubbo Paceway on Sunday.
Prepared at Dubbo by Barry Lew, the Mach Three (CAN) x Halcyon Franco (NZ) has started at quotes of $1.60 and $1.30 at his past two outings, which resulted in an unplaced effort at Bathurst and a close second to Allnight Mlady at the same track.
On Sunday he will start from barrier eight in the Freechoice And Giftware Pace (2120m) but the massive drop in grade should see him pick up a confidence boosting win.
Regular driver Mat Rue will once again be in the gig.
The biggest challenge to Karloo Threeothree could come in the form of Pay Me Way, from the strong Nathan Hurst stable at Eglinton.
Angela Hedges will take the drive aboard the five-year-old, which has only won twice from 27 starts but has placed on a further eight occasions.
Another pacer that finds themselves in a suitable race on Sunday is the Peter Gavin-trained The Only Child.
The five-year-old hasn’t raced since Boxing Night of last year and resumes in the Goodtime Lodge Pace (1720m).
A winner of eight races from 37 starts and almost $35,000 in prizemoney, the Art Colony (USA) x Karloo Malibu gelding finds himself in a race where only one of his rivals has won more than two races.
That pacer is the Parkes-trained Eye Carly, a winner of nine races from 54 starts that hasn’t tasted success since winning at Broken Hill in March of last year.
While the race is short on depth, one of the up-and-coming runners in it may well be the Mick Pay-trained I’m Super Sophie.
The filly has won two of her eight starts, and was unlucky not to have won another after being hampered before running second at Tamworth two runs back.
Promising young driver Tom Pay will again be in the gig, and from gate two she should get a handy run and be there when the whips are cracking.
The Dubbo card will feature eight races, and will open at 12.09pm with the running of the Grapevine Cafe 2yo Pace (1720m).
The final event on the program, the Stevenson’s Hydraulics Pace (2120m) will leave the mobile at 4.10pm.