SA TROTS Will Lady luck continue for O'Neill in the Trotters Cup
STRONG form and weight of numbers are what trainer Luke O’Neill is relying on this weekend.
The form side of the equation comes from Lady In The Sky, which heads into Saturday night’s Port Pirie Cup on the strength of her triumph in last week’s Victor Harbor Trotters’ Cup.
Lady In The Sky will be joined by her stablemates Champagne Prince, Horse Of Course and Armchair Drive, giving O’Neill four runners in the $20,000 feature.
Stating each is capable of winning given the right conditions, O’Neill has no doubt Lady In The Sky is his best chance despite her less than ideal standing start record.
Runner-up in a discretionary upon debut, Lady In The Sky has been unplaced during her two Australian standing starts, including the Gawler Trotters’ Cup three weeks ago.
To be driven by Michael Norman, who partnered the daughter of Muscle Mass during her recent victory, Lady In The Sky is one of four runners on the 10-metre line.
“She hasn’t been great from the tapes, but I believe that has just been circumstances, not a worrying issue,” O’Neill said.
“She began quickly to lead at Gawler before going off balance half a lap later.
“It’s a bit strange she has gone back 10 metres because she won a mobile race, but I’m pretty confident she can get the job done.”
Champagne Prince and Horse Of Course will begin from the front row, while Armchair Drive is also on the 10-metre mark.
“I’ve had problems with Champagne Prince, but hopefully I’m on top of them and I expect a better performance from him,” O’Neill said.
“If he brings his ‘A-game’, Horse Of Course is a very good chance, while Armchair Drive, which is Mister Consistent, should be thereabouts again.”
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