Canberra trainer Nick Olive isn't too concerned with the sharp drop in distance for in-form galloper Pecuniary Interest when the four-year-old returns to Wagga on Monday for the Ted Ryder Prelude over 1660m.
Pecuniary Interest has had one previous run at Wagga, winning his Maiden at the track back on March 10.
The four-year-old continued to progress after that performance, winning another four races, including the $40,000 Bathurst Cup over 1800m back on September 27.
His latest run was an excellent second to Havaduel in the $35,000 Queanbeyan Cup over 2000m on November 22.
Bred by part-owner Ross Bailey, Pecuniary Interest (by Excelebration out of the Dubawi mare Tubawi) has already put together the tidy record of five wins and three placings from his 13 starts.
"He's really done a super job since he won his Maiden at Wagga earlier in the year," said Olive.
"He's quite a small horse, but he's all heart. He did a great job in the Bathurst Cup and was probably a bit unlucky not to win the Queanbeyan Cup as well last start. He just missed the boat a bit and would've won in a few more strides.
"Dropping back to 1660m on Monday is the obvious question mark with him, but I really don't think it'll worry him. He's pretty adaptable, you can put him anywhere in a race and it's going to be a small field on Monday.
"He is coming to the end of his prep, but Monday's race was too good to ignore. We'll see what happens on Monday and decide after that if he maybe continues towards the Ted Ryder Cup in a few weeks or goes for a spell."
Queanbeyan-based Irish apprentice Ellen Hennessy, who has ridden Pecuniary Interest in six of his past seven starts - including the Bathurst Cup win - takes the ride again on Monday. The gelding will carry 57kg after Hennessy's 1.5kg claim.
Pecuniary Interest runs second at Queanbeyan on November 22
The winner of the Monday's Prelude is exempt from the ballot for the $32,000 Ted Ryder Cup (1600m) on December 24. The Ted Ryder Cup has been won for the past two years by the Ron Stubbs-trained Spunlago.
The race, first run in 1987, honours the former racecaller and sports editor who called 30 Wagga Gold Cups during his career.
Monday's Ted Ryder Prelude attracted a field of seven acceptors, including Wyangle who won the race last year before finishing fifth as the $2.70 favourite behind Spunlago in the Ted Ryder Cup.
Wyangle, trained by Craig Widdison last year but now with Albury-based Gordon Yorke, had his first run for the new stable when he resumed at Wodonga on November 27, finishing second to Lord Sundowner in a Benchmark 70 (1300m).
Nick Olive expects Fact Or Fable, his only other runner at Wagga on Monday, to run very well when she resumes in the Class 2 Heat Of The Rising Star (1200m) for apprentice riders.
Originally a $250,000 yearling purchase at the 2018 Gold Coast Magic Millions Sale, the daughter of Street Boss did her earlier racing with Victorian trainer Robbie Griffiths before Olive paid $18,000 for her at an Inglis Online Sale in April.
She won first-up for Olive at Canberra on June 19 then was sent for a break after her next run when seventh of 11 in a Goulburn Benchmark 58 over 1400m on July 10.
"She's had a few little issues, but she's a nice mare," said Olive.
"She's won first-up twice before and I expect her to be very hard to beat from her inside gate on Monday."
Ellen Hennessy also partners Fact Or Fable who will carry a handy 54.5kg after the claim.
Fellow Canberra trainer Matthew Dale will also have several strong contenders in action at Wagga on Monday, including Royal Thunder (Ted Ryder Prelude), Clem Fandango (Class 1,1660m) and Mossman Gorge (Open Hcp, 1200m).