Racing preview of this week at Globe
The magical rise and rise of pacer Shazzam takes another step at Globe Derby Park on Saturday.
A winner of his past four starts, Shazzam will start from gate one in the Congratulations Encipher from SAHRC Pacec (2230m).
He runs into good quality opposition with last start winner Rakero Storm in barrier three and the tough Royal Speech out in six.
Trainer Jeremy Seal said he is still pinching himself that Shazzam is contesting such a high rating race.
“He just keeps stepping up, and I am going along for the ride,” Seal said.
“Each of his last wins have been a step up, and so it is again on Saturday.
“Barrier one is perfect for him to take on such quality opposition.
“He has shown he can win by leading, and he is just as comfortable coming from back in the field.
“I will have a talk with Sam (driver Samantha Pascoe) about race tactics, but at first look, I’d be happy to use gate one if he got a soft lead.
“But then, I wouldn’t mind if he took a sit and used his speed at the finish.”
Seal said the Greg Scholefield-trained Rakero Storm was a bit like Shazzam.
“She has won leading, then last week showed she was just as good coming from one-out, one-back.
“I’m sure we have enough speed to hold the lead if we want, but I don’t want to get into a speed burn where we would destroy each other.”
Pascoe received a suspension last Saturday but delayed the start to stay in the sulky of Shazzam.
Seal is also wary of the Bronte Giorgio-trained Royal Speech.
“He has had no luck at his past two runs and is a strong stayer.
“He looked to be coming into his race last week when he galloped.
“Royal Speech’s best form is very good.”
Veteran driver Gaita Pullicino loves nothing better than driving a winner and she has an excellent book of drives on Saturday.
Pullicino looks to have winning chances on Balmoral Hall in race two for trainer Todd Weidenbach, Whata Optimist (race 3) for Lui Trotta, Eastbro Adele (race 5) for Mario Borg, Dina Mo (race 6) for Greg Scholefield, Sheffield Peak (race 7), again for Lui Trotta and in race 8, Hurricane Ed for Ben Weidenbach.
Expect Eastbro Adele and Sheffield Peak to make good use of their draws to be excellent hopes while Scholefield is needing all his expertise on Dina Mo which has been a little disappointing in recent runs.
Story: HRSA Media
Photo: Walter Bulyga