Hover Craft ready to pounce
HOVER CRAFT is down two classes for tomorrow's 10th race at 1700 metres, back among overnight allowance company, after beating open allowance horses with near topweight last May.
The seven-year-old spent the rest of the year in grade one, rubbing shoulders and earning against the likes of stablemates POKER STAR and SEEKING MY DREAM, beating almost half the field in December's Diamond Mile.
A little short of the class to beat grade one horses, HOVER CRAFT almost pulled it off in November's Coca Cola Invitational Mile in the absence of the big guns, who lined up in the Superstakes.
HOVER CRAFT was barging through horses inside the final furlong with Omar Walker when hindered by his stablemate, A THOUSAND STARS, whose number was taken down and the race handed to second-past-the-post BRAWN.
Champion trainer Wayne DaCosta sharpened his consistent million-dollar earner in a six-furlong sprint two weeks later, prepping for the December 10 Diamond Mile.
In the Diamond Mile, HOVER CRAFT showed just how game he was by finishing ninth behind Horse of the Year and stablemate SEEKING MY DREAM, outclassed by 13 lengths but with seven runners behind him.
Having campaigned without a victory in open allowance and higher since May, HOVER CRAFT is now out of jail, having served the required eight months, making him eligible for overnight allowance, which he had trounced last March.
Facing 10 rivals, including three stablemates, of whom MR AMBASSADOR will ensure a true pace, HOVER CRAFT's class should hand the seven-year-old his 12th career win, especially at a trip right up his street.
DaCosta tightened the screws last Saturday morning, watching HOVER CRAFT go through his paces, a decent 1:14.2 for six furlongs.