Former cast-off pacer Shamrock Tango is thriving in preparation for tonight's $50,000 Channel 9 Binshaw Classic (2130m) at Gloucester Park, according to trainer Linley Voak.
The five-year-old Flight N Irish gelding, who has won 11 races since joining Voak's Middle Swan stable, drew the outside of the front line and is quoted at $7.
Pole runner Red Salute is the $2.10 favourite after star reinsman Chris Lewis' decision to drive him instead of Western Cullen ($4).
"Shamrock Tango's retained peak condition since winning a Binshaw qualifying heat last Friday," Voak said. "If able to cross quickly and take a forward position, I think he can outstay rivals.
"The horse is going from strength to strength. I'll set him for next season's WA Pacing Cup and Fremantle Cup."
Shamrock Tango has shown big improvement since Voak leased him in 2011 from a syndicate headed by owner Norman Champion.
"Norman bought him for $2000 as a youngster," Voak said.
"Shamrock Tango had 12 starts before connections agreed not to continue with him.
"I liked the horse and decided to give him a try though he hadn't finished closer than ninth in his previous three races."
Shamrock Tango, rating 1:56.2 last Friday, was faster than other heat winners Red Salute (1:57.4) and Menelaus Of Sparta (1:57.8).
Trainer Ross Olivieri said Red Salute, a winner at his past two starts, had benefited from a heavier work regime in recent weeks.
Western Cullen, who has won four of his past five races, and Menelaus Of Sparta give trainer Andrew De Campo a strong hand.
Menelaus Of Sparta has won three times since a transfer to De Campo last year. He set the pace and scored by 5m last Friday.
Mysta Magical Mach can further strengthen his prospects for next month's $750,000 Sydney Inter Dominion Championship (3000m) by winning tonight's Underbelly Squizzy On Nine Pace (2130m).
Player's fixed odds betting manager Ben Pomatti said Mysta Magical Mach was backed from $251 to $41 for the Inters after his Lord Mayor's Cup (2536m) win last Friday. He will start in tomorrow week's $50,000 WA Inters heat (2536m) at Gloucester Park.