Bid For Stardom has the chance to score two wins in the space of 48 hours when he lines up at Parkes Harness Racing Club on Friday night.
The talented four-year-old, trained at Dubbo by Greg Pay, again showed off his impressive turn of foot when winning at Bathurst on Wednesday night and he'll be out to repeat that effort at Parkes.
Pay labelled Bid For Stardom one of the best horses he's ever worked with after watching the Western Terror X Defining Moment gelding impressively run down short-price favourite Perfect Cut at Bathurst.
Bid For Stardom went into Wednesday's Lochinvar Art at Cobbity Equine Farm Pace (1730m) having followed back-to-back victories with a disappointing eighth at Bathurst a week prior.
He shrugged off that performance in style, as a clinical drive from Tom Pay got Bid For Stardom to fly home from deep in the field and overhaul the Amanda Turnbull trained-and-driven Perfect Cut ($1.45) in the closing stages.
"He's a nice horse," Greg Pay said.
"He got into the race a lot better than he did the week before. He was in the running line and he didn't have to work as hard.
"Once he can see daylight he can sprint pretty well."
Bid For Stardom, just one of three horses Pay now has in work, has recorded six wins and three placings in his past 14 starts and that run of form hasn't gone unnoticed.
Pay knows people are talking about his gelding and he's all too aware a few more wins might make it hard to place him around the bush, and races in Sydney, Brisbane or Melbourne could become more likely.
"I've had some good horses. Not big champions but I've had a few good ones over the years and this bloke is up with them," he said.
"But there's a big step between a good horse and a champion."
Racing once every seven days lately has been no issue for Bid For Stardom but things will change this week when he steps out again on Friday night.
Tom Pay, the trainer's grandfather, will again be in the gig when Bid For Stardom lines up from gate nine in the APG Bonus Certificate Pace (2040m).
If the pair can repeat the efforts of Wednesday night, there's every chance of career win number nine being recorded in start 25.
"This is the first time I've done this in a long time. I like to usually give them a week or 10 days," Pay said.
"But the young fella (Tom) just drove him a perfect race (on Wednesday). He pulled the right rein at the right time and went when he wanted to.
"When he got him wound up he kept him moving."
Bid For Stardom started in the back row on Wednesday and settled deep in the field for much of the trip, before peeling wide and motoring down the outside in the straight to get the better of Perfect Cut while Sputnik ($7.50) was third.
Racing at Parkes starts at 6.52pm on Friday.
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