Tycoon Flutter will be hoping for a change in luck when he lines up in the Central Coast Mariners Class 2 Handicap at Wyong.
The four-year-old gelding will be put to the test over 1600m for the first time this Sunday and trainer Bjorn Baker admits the distance is a query.
“We’ll have to wait and see how he handles the mile,” Baker said.
“He has a good jockey in Josh Parr and can handle the weight.
“What he needs now is a nice run in transit with cover and hopefully there is something left in the tank for the finish.”
Tycoon Flutter put in a gutsy effort to finish fourth last start in a benchmark 65 race over 1300m at Kembla Grange.
He was stuck on the rails at the back of the field but with 200m to go jockey Johan Victoire steered him to the outside where he fought home, making up the most ground of any horse in the race.
“That was a good run,” Baker said. “He’s been very unlucky this preparation and deserves a win.”
Baker will also saddle up Cinema Paradiso in the same race.
“She’s rock hard fit at the moment,” Baker said.
“Both her and Tycoon Flutter are good each-way chances and are suited to this track.”
Baker also highly rates Positive Problems who is resuming in the Provincial Championships At Wyong Feb 23 Benchmark 65 Handicap (1200m).
She has had two open trials in the last month and won both.
The four-year-old mare has been allotted the topweight of 60kgs but with apprentice Blaike McDougall’s claim, it will drop down to 58kg.
“She has come back from a spell in good order and I’m happy with her trials,” Baker said.
“She had a fantastic last preparation where she won twice and never finished worse than fourth in seven races.”
Rounding out the starters for Bjorn Baker is Mr Chow who will need a bit of luck jumping from the widest gate in the CG&E Maiden Handicap (1200m) and Shock Alert who is on debut in the Wyong Regional Chamber of Commerce Maiden Plate (1000m).
The Bjorn Baker stable is in hot form at the moment and has notched 53 wins and more than 100 places this season including the Group 3 Belle of the Turf Stakes at Gosford’s Gold Cup Carnival last week.