Jeff Britton expects to have bragging rights over partner Angela Langton after the running of the feature event on Saturday night’s Meadows card, the tab.com.au Final over 600m.
Britton has given his fastest qualifier Weblec Jack the nod over ‘kennelmate’ Road To Success, prepared by Langton, with the prolific Anakie duo appearing to have a mortgage on the $12,000 winner’s purse.
“I think Weblec Jack is the better dog and drawing in the middle (box 5) should probably help too,” said Britton.
TAB agrees with Britton’s assessment, marking Weblec Jack $3 favourite ahead of $3.90 second elect Road To Success.
Weblec Jack, relatively inexperienced over middle distances, set the pace in last weekend’s three heats, clinging on in 34.50s, while Road To Success was a runaway nine-length winner in 34.63s, both overcoming box five.
“Weblec Jack had been missing the start and quite often when that happens I put them up to 600m to try to get them in front and pinch a couple of races,” Britton explained.
“He’s not a super-strong 600m dog – that’s as far as he can go – so he had to lead. He jumped okay last week but not fantastic.
“He’s a fast dog but he’s one of those dogs that needs a bit to go his way early on in his races. There’s plenty of dogs like that around!
“He had a stayer (Midnight Mystery) sitting on his backside and to be honest I was surprised that he held it off.
“Road To Success surprised me a bit last week. We took him to Horsham and his runs there were pretty ordinary but he might be dog that prefers racing on city tracks, which is a good thing.”
Earlier in Saturday’s meeting, Britton is hoping young talent Drumroll Please can bring his exceptional Geelong form to the big smoke in the $9,060 to-the-winner GRV Vic Bred Series Final (525m).
“He loves Geelong – he just flies there – and we’re more or less trying to confuse him,” said Britton.
“In his last two runs at Geelong he’s run 25.46s and then he won by eight (25.61s) again on Tuesday. I’m just hoping that run on Tuesday will work in his favour.
“Box eight should be good for him too but it’s a pretty hard race. He’ll have to do everything right and if he does he’s a chance.”
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