WA Derby winner Im Victorious has drawn gate eight in Sydney's Group 1 $200,000 Chariots Of Fire (1609m) at Menangle on Sunday and trainer Michael Brennan will switch to stalking tactics.
The gelding, driven by Boyanup reinsman Justin Prentice, maintained a fast tempo in front when he won by 5m and rated 1:52.7 in his NSW debut over 1609m at Menangle last Tuesday.
"Im Victorious also led when winning at his last WA start three weeks ago," Brennan said.
"But there's a risk he'll be trapped wide if charging forward from an awkward draw in the Chariots. I'll instruct Justin Prentice to ease at Sunday's start, trail leaders and be poised to strike."
Im Victorious scored his best win when producing a bold front- running performance in last year's $200,000 WA Derby (2506m) at Gloucester Park.
He was driven from back in the field when a Group 1 Golden Nugget (2506m) winner this season.
"The horse benefited from his Menangle racing experience," Brennan said.
"He'll compete in a Menangle barrier trial on Tuesday to further boost his fitness. He'll be at peak condition on Sunday."
Im Victorious, a winner at 13 of 18 starts, faces formidable opposition in the Chariots.
New Zealand raider Christen Me opened his Sydney campaign by rating 1:51.6 to win over 1609m at Menangle last Saturday week. Victorian horse Restrepo has won at 12 of 15 starts and will be pursuing a fourth straight victory on Sunday.
Barriers 11 and 12 should not rule out other Kiwi hopes Jason Rulz and Smolda.
Jason Rulz has won in New Zealand at his past five starts and Smolda is a winner in 14 of 21 races.
Meanwhile, Im Themightyquinn has settled well in Sydney and is on target for Sunday's $750,000 Inter Dominion Championship (3000m) at Menangle.
Trainer Gary Hall Sr said the gelding was back to form he showed in winning the past two Inters.
"He's done everything right since Friday's flight here," Hall said.
"We'll give him a solid trial on Tuesday."
The trainer said he was eagerly waiting for today's barrier draw.
"The gates drawn by Quinnie, Terror To Love, Mah Sish and Caribbean Blaster could have a big influence," Hall said.
Terror To Love is the $3 favourite, ahead of Im Themightyquinn at $3.10, in Player's fixed odds market.
Mah Sish is $7 and Caribbean Blaster $8.
WA's other Inters runner Mysta Magical Mach ($36) will start in a Menangle free-for-all (1609m) tomorrow."The horse has quickly adapted to Sydney conditions," trainer Tony Svilicich said yesterday.
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