HE'S never quite recaptured the magic of his three-year-old season but Dazzle Me is starting to put together some of his best results since that year of glory for Dubbo trainer Barry Lew.
Dazzle Me returns to Bathurst Paceway on Wednesday night for the Knickerbocker Hotel Pace (2260m) hoping to end a tough run of results at the track.
However, he came a close runner-up in his latest trip at Bathurst last month and he followed that up with a second placing and a victory in back-to-back starts at Forbes.
With those results behind him, Wednesday's 75-graded race is a great chance for the American Ideal gelding to bounce back from a disappointing run at Bathurst Paceway during his spring campaign.
"He's got a good chance. He's looking good and he's fit, and now it's all up to (driver) 'Jack' O'Shea," Lew said.
"He's got a fair bit of gate speed so it's up to JT whether he wants to use it, but that horse of Ashlee Grives [Life Lavros] has a lot of early speed too, so I'm not sure whether he can cross him.
"We should be able to at least get up outside but he's that fast that when you've got him on song he should rattle home strongly even when he's three to four lengths off them when straightening."
Dazzle Me goes out from gate four with Life Lavros directly to his inside.
Recent TAB Regional Championships Western Consolation runners Bettor Jiggle and Imthevillagestar occupy to two inside positions.
Last year's Regional Championships winner Terryrama, first up runner Tuapeka Glory and in-form Rockn N Rolln occupy the remainder of the front row.
Last start winner Rock Bottom sits along on the back row.
Lew is hopeful that his runner can continue his recent trend of consistent performances at this grade.
"When he started his career he was racing up to 90s and 100s as a three-year-old, and winning. He went off the boil and I couldn't find what was wrong with him ... [but] he's starting to hit his straps again now," Lew said.
"He's held the Bathurst three-year-old track record before so he'll handle Bathurst alright. The longer trip won't bother him either."
Dazzle Me heads into the event with an overall record of nine wins and nice placings from 27 starts while he's yet to miss a placing in four starts this season.
Dazzle Me is one of two chances Lew has in on Wednesday night as the Dubbo trainer and O'Shea will also team up with Karloo Bradley in the Reliance Bank Pace (2260m).
Karloo Bradley will start from the back row and is out to overcome a patchy run of form, having placed only three times in 13 starts this season.
He goes from gate nine on Wednesday.
Racing starts 4.13pm.
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