Melbourne pacer Chancellor Cullen has drawn gate two for his WA debut in Friday night's $125,000 McInerney Ford Classic at Gloucester Park and trainer Dean Braun will aim for an all-the-way win.
The four-year-old scored his sixth straight victory when unextended by top Victorian reinsman Chris Alford to win the SEW Eurodrive Final (2240m) at Melton on November 2.
Braun is confident Chancellor Cullen will win Friday's classic and the $175,000 Lancaster Park Golden Nugget Championship (2506m) on December 7.
"The horse has thrived since a flight here on Friday," Braun said. "I'll instruct Chris to drive aggressively and go for an early lead.
"Chancellor Cullen has brilliant gate speed and a lot of power. It will be a brave move by any rival who takes him on in front.
"It won't be the end of his winning prospects if he can't cross and races outside the leader. He relaxes and shows staying toughness."
Braun rates Chancellor Cullen above his 2011 McInerney Ford Classic winner Mustang Mach.
"He's stronger than Mustang Mach and nothing worries this horse," the trainer said. "He settled into Byford stables without a hitch. I couldn't be happier with his cantering exercise on the weekend and a fast work-out today."
The Braun-trained Yankee Dream, a winner of 15 races, will make her first WA appearance in Friday's Ford Ranger Pace (2503m).
The six-year-old, to also driven by Alford, is on target for Friday week's $100,000 Nepean Conveyors Mares Classic (2100m).
"Yankee Dream struck interference when a first-up eighth at Melton last Friday week," Braun said. "I expect the mare to improve at her Gloucester Park debut and be back to peak form next week."
Yankee Dream's rivals in the Mares Classic will include Baby Bling, a Sydney winner at her past three starts.
Sensational Gabby, a winner at 23 of 27 starts, will have her final lead-up to the classic when contesting Friday's Ford Kuga Final (2100m).
Inter Dominion champion Im Themightyquinn, unbeaten at his past 16 Gloucester Park races, will be a hot favourite in Friday night's Ford Territory Pace (2100m). Trainer Gary Hall Sr plans to start him in Melbourne's $400,000 Victoria Cup (2240m) on December 15.He will return to Perth for the $400,000 SEW Eurodrive WA Pacing Cup and $250,000 Yes Loans Fremantle Cup in January.
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