At first glance, recent Shepparton Cup finalist Revelation appears to be Devon Meadows trainer Peter Presutto’s best chance at The Meadows on Saturday night.
Revelation is TAB’s $2.90 second elect in race seven from box two, behind Jason Thompson’s $2.60 favourite Avalanche, a last start best of night 29.91s winner at the venue.
Revelation looks perfectly placed, with seven of his 11 career victories coming from boxes one and two, while he’s won three of his six starts over The Meadows’ 525m course, also finishing runner-up on two occasions.
Presutto’s other runner on Saturday is Revelation’s less-hyped litter brother Bandwagon, which is a $9.50 outsider in the tenth event, having finished a luckless third on debut at The Meadows last Saturday.
However, Presutto doesn’t agree with the market’s assessment of his well-bred Black Magic Opal – Segovia siblings, which are owned and bred by successful cousins Bill and Serge Buccilli.
“I actually think Bandwagon is a better chance,” Presutto said.
“He’s much quicker than what you see on his form and I just get the feeling he’s coming into some form.
“He had his first look at The Meadows last Saturday and he got into a lot of trouble but I thought he went really well.
“It’s not an easy race – there’s a lot of pace in it – but he’s boxed alright (three) and he’s more than capable of winning.”
After Revelation ran sixth to Hard Style Rico in the Shepparton Cup Final in March, Presutto contemplated another country cup assault in the Warrnambool Cup heats, which were held on Thursday.
But after Revelation ran a below par fifth on debut at Warrnambool, Presutto chose to stay closer to home for – what appears to be on paper – Saturday’s much easier Mixed 4/5 grade affair.
“I hope so!” Presutto laughed.
“He prefers it inside but with him it’s more about what happens at the start.
“When he first started off he was a lid-pinger but he’s not jumping as well now. Sometimes he jumps and sometimes he doesn’t but he can certainly run.
“Even when you draw well it’s not easy. The red (Who Cry Now) has run 29.92s there, Jason (Thompson) has Avalanche in the race and Anthony Azzopardi has one in there too (Spring Fair).
“I trialled Revelation at Ballarat on Tuesday and he went the best of the day, he’s feeling good and he’s clearly capable of winning the race. I wouldn’t say he’s a good thing but if he did everything right he would be.
“I was going to go to Warrnambool with him but I thought he was a bit disappointing there, although he did have box eight.
“I was also hoping to take a little bitch called Immersion to Warrnambool for the Cup. She’s very inexperienced but she ran 25.15s at Warrnambool the same day Zambora Smokey (Warrnambool Cup finalist) ran 25.07s.
“She’s a flying machine – a real pocket rocket – but she injured her foot. If she’d been right I would have taken both of them to Warrnambool.”