Victories in his last couple of starts have signaled a revival of fortunes for talented chaser Max A Zillion and trainer Paul Stuart is hopeful the former Victorian greyhound can maintain his form when he contests a heat of the Anniversary Cup (530m) at Cannington on Saturday.
With the benefit of the rails alley on both occasions Max A Zillion has produced eye-catching runs at his past two appearances, scoring comfortably in 30.39 and 30.41.
The dual wins have provided a much needed boost for the greyhound after he bombed out on debut in the west on November 10 and experienced a tough run in his final race in Victoria prior to that.
“He took advantage of some good draws which he needed to get his confidence back,” Stuart said.
“He fell in his last start in Melbourne and then hit bother in his first race over here so it was good to get him back to his winning ways.
“I think he’s on the way up again and he should go on with it now.”
Max A Zillion will exit from box six and has a vacant alley on his inside for Saturday’s heat.
“He’s not badly drawn out in a wide box,” Stuart said.
“His racing in Melbourne showed that he doesn’t enjoy pressure and from out there he should be able to do his own thing.”
The quick jumping Mini Emily is likely to bounce out to the early lead but Stuart believes Max A Zillion is capable of a forward showing if he gets a clear run.
“He’s a very strong dog so he’s got no problems coming from behind and running dogs down,” he said.
Stuart indicated that Max A Zillion will be stepped up to 642m racing in the near future.
Meanwhile star sprinter Hot Irish will be highly favoured to qualify for next week’s final when she goes around in an earlier heat.
The Ben Abercrombie-trained speedster has won 13 of her past 17 starts and has bagged the Spring Gift, Winter Cup and Group 2 All Stars Sprint along the way.