Top reinsman Gary Hall Jr will drive Rakarebel when the New Zealand import pursues a second straight victory in _The West Australian _Village Kid Sprint (1700m) at Gloucester Park tomorrow night.
The gelding, who rated 1:56.7 when he won last year's sprint from Real Life, impressed when a close second to Inter Dominion Champion Im Themightyquinn over 1700m three weeks ago.
Rakarabel, trained by Hall's father Gary Sr, drew gate three for the $60,000 sprint. Stablemate Saucy Legend has barrier six.
Kim Prentice was booked to drive Saucy Legend after Hall Jr opted for Rakarebel.
"Last year, Rakarebel drew gate one in the sprint and was not headed," Hall Jr said.
"He'll find it tougher on Friday, with Can Return Fire on the pole and likely to hold front running."
Hall has driven 74 winners this season and leads the national reinsmen's pre- miership by two from Melbourne-based Chris Alford.
Can Return Fire's co- trainer Greg Bond said the gelding was on target for a trip to Sydney next month. His mission is the $750,000 Inter Dominion Championship (2300m) at Menangle on March 3.
"The horse has shown class and he likes Sydney," Bond said.
"He ran two qualifying heat places and finished fifth in the final at Perth's Inters early this year.
"We took him to Sydney last April and he ran third in the Golden Mile at his Menangle debut.
"The horse is working well and looks ready to produce his best on Friday."
Bond, who trains Can Return Fire in partnership with his wife Skye, said stablemates Kamwood Laughter and Am Opulent were also in line for Sydney trips.
A change of tactics is being considered for the Bonds' second-string Village Kid Sprint runner Russley Rascal, who drew gate eight.He was driven back in the field when seventh to Sneakyn Down Under in last Friday's Electrolux Pace (1700m). "It's likely we'll advise stewards Russley Rascal could make a bid to take up a forward position," Greg Bond said.
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