Rod Clark believes the circumstances are favourable for My Name’s Barry to make a winning city debut at The Meadows on Saturday night.
After assembling an impressive 17 from 33 record on the provincial circuit, My Name’s Barry will step up to 525m for the first time when he exits box six in race 11, a 5th grade heat.
While the son of former brilliant speedster Hoosky will be facing decent opposition, including Jason Thompson’s Immediate (box 5) and Deb Coleman’s rails runner Big Artie Banner, Clark believes My Name’s Barry will take a power of catching and the Watchdog agrees.
“He’s a very quick dog and he’s run some very fast 450m times,” said Toolleen-based Clark.
“It’s his first time over 500m; let’s hope he gets the ground.
“I think he should get the 500m without too many problems and while he’s racing against some good dogs I think he’ll have too big a lead.
“He might have been vulnerable on a long straight but I think the tighter track at The Meadows will be in his favour. We’ve been waiting for grade 5 heats at The Meadows to step him up.”
Clark will have another excellent chance at The Meadows in kennel star Apex Within, which will also wear the green vest, in the seventh event over 600m.
Apex Within was the fastest qualifier for the Group 2 McKenna Memorial (595m) at Sandown Park earlier in the month but wasn’t able to cross from box eight, finishing at the tail of the field behind Often Imitated.
As is the case with My Name’s Barry later in the night, champion mentor Jason Thompson will present a formidable hurdle to Clark and Apex Within with rising star Midnight Dare, the winner of seven from 11.
“Apex Within is drawn upside down but he’s due for a bit of luck at The Meadows,” Clark said.
Watch: My Name’s Barry win from box two on Bendigo Cup night in a best of the night time of 23.615sec over the 425m.