Classy five-year-old New Zealand pacer Major Mark has been bought by Forrestdale trainer Greg Bond on the back of impressive Gloucester Park wins by his Kiwi imports Am Opulent and Dundee Three.
WA Derby hope Am Opulent, victorious by more than 30m last Tuesday, and Dundee Three will be fancied to score repeat wins at the Lord Mayor's Cup meeting on Friday night.
Bond, who trains in partnership with his wife Skye, said $575,000 stake- earner Major Mark looked near his best when third in a 2300m New Zealand Group 2 event a fortnight ago.
"Major Mark has won 12 races," Greg Bond said.
"He won over 1950m on December 21 and five days later ran a close second over 3200m.
"The horse has been in (trainer) Mark Purdon's stable and he should be an ideal free-for-all prospect in Perth."
Am Opulent, entered in Friday night's three-year-old fillies pace (1700m), was a 36m winner when making her WA debut at Pinjarra on December 17.
She started $1.20 in last week's Samuel Smith and Son Pace (2130m), which she won by 32m.
"The Daintys Daughter Classic on February 22 will be Am Opulent's mission after Friday's race," Greg Bond said.
"Then she'll have a let-up before being prepared for the WA Derby in April and WA Oaks in May."
Dundee Three, who won last Friday week's Yes Loans Pace (1730m) by 9m, is nominated in a 2130m race on Friday.
The Bond-trained Legis- late, a winner of nine Gloucester Park races, will tackle the $35,000 Lord Mayor's Cup (2536m).
Other cup entrants Im Themightyquinn, Dasher VC, Lombo Navigator, Mysta Magical Mach and Crombie are aimed at the $750,000 Inter Dominion Championship (3000m) in Sydney on March 3.
They will contest a $50,000 Inters qualifying heat over 2536m at Gloucester Park on February 16.
Ima Rocket Star is also an Inters candidate.