Tough veteran Washakie will arrive from Sydney to tackle tomorrow week's $250,000 Fremantle Cup (2536m) at Gloucester Park and the $400,000 WA Pacing Cup (2936m) on January 17.
The 10-year-old former Perth gelding, raced by a WA syndicate, has boosted his stake earnings to $1.8 million with 53 wins and 33 places from 140 starts.
"Washakie has won two of his past three races," the bay's managing owner, Perth businessman Kevin Jeavons, said yesterday.
"We expect he'll be at peak form in the cups double. He showed his liking for Gloucester Park when he won the 2010 WA Pacing Cup on a flying visit with John McCarthy."
WA Derby winner Im Victorious, trained at Pinjarra by Michael Brennan, is nominal favourite for the Yes Loans Fremantle Cup and Nepean Conveyors WA Pacing Cup.
But Washakie, who on December 7 won his fifth consecutive Group 1 $100,000 Treuer Memorial (2540m) at Bankstown, will be hard to beat with a good draw.
Jeavons bought Washakie in partnership with Gino Monaco and Lindsay Severn six years ago.
"He had shown promise in New Zealand," Jeavons said. "Washakie won Gloucester Park races at his first six starts when he was trained by Gary Hall."
Jeavons decided to set him for interstate feature events after his 2009 Australian Pacing Championship win at Gloucester Park.
Meanwhile, former Melbourne gelding Silent Prowl has drawn the pole in the $50,000 _The West Australian _Nights Of Thunder Final (1730m) at Gloucester Park tomorrow night.
He has shown early speed in three WA starts for trainer- reinsman Bob Mellsop and it is anticipated he will hold front running in the final.
Smokey The Bandit has gate two in the race and is likely to be heavily backed.
The Hall-trained My Hard Copy drew gate six in the final and Shane Butcher is booked to drive him.
Hall is in line for his third Nights Of Thunder triumph after winning with Tealsby Karita and Hokonui Ben.
Top reinsman Chris Lewis is booked for Bet Your Life in the final and Morgan Woodley will drive Courage Tells.