Last-start Victorian winner Mustang Mach is on target to tackle Friday week's $400,000 SEW Eurodrive WA Pacing Cup (2506m), with Melbourne trainer Dean Braun believing he can test Inter Dominion champion Im Themightyquinn.
Five-year-old Mustang Mach appears to be back to the form he displayed when overcoming a wide run to win the Group 1 McInerney Ford Classic (2100m) on a Gloucester Park visit last season.
"He set a track record in winning the Yarra Valley Cup two weeks ago," Braun said.
"The horse is thriving and we're discussing flight arrangements for his Perth trip. Im Themightyquinn will be a formidable rival.
"But Mustang has shown class in his seven Melbourne wins.
"He's run unplaced only three times in 12 starts since winning at Gloucester Park. I think he's up to continuing the success our stable's had in Perth."
Braun won the McInerney Classic again last month with $1.40 favourite Chancellor Cullen, an interstate winner at his previous six starts.
The Gary Hall Sr-trained Im Themightyquinn, unbeaten in his past 18 Gloucester Park races, could also face tough Sydney veteran Washakie on Friday week.
Perth-owned Washakie won the 2010 WA Pacing Cup for NSW trainer-reinsman John McCarthy.
He was a $1.60 favourite when winning the Governor's Cup over 2100m last February on a Gloucester Park return visit.
"Washakie will be a WA Pacing Cup entrant," managing owner Kevin Jeavons said. "Then it'll be up to John McCarthy whether the horse heads back here again next week."
Washakie has won eight NSW and Queensland races in 10 starts in the past four months.
This season he won his fourth consecutive Group 1 Treuer Memorial in Sydney.
The gelding's tally in a 126-start career is 50 wins and 29 places.
Hall, also aiming Livingonthe- interest for the WA Pacing Cup, is expected to top off Im Themightyquinn's cup preparation in a 2506m free-for-all at Gloucester Park's twilight meeting on Friday.
Gloucester Park chief executive Michael Radley said the first race on Friday would be at 3.50pm.
"Most of our program will be run before the Big Bash begins across the road at the WACA Ground," he said.
Western Cullen will be fancied to consolidate his prospects of a WA Pacing Cup start in the New Year's Eve Cup (2100m) in an eight-race meeting at Bunbury tonight.
The $360,000 stakes earner has won six races at Gloucester Park, including the Golden Slipper Stakes (2100m) and last month's Golden Nugget Prelude (2506m).
·Wundowie trainer Bruce Stanley scored a trifecta when Enjoy A Malabu ($12.60) won a 2150m trotters race from his stablemates Xenon ($9.40) and Enjoyable ($8.70) at Harvey on Saturday night. The trifecta paid $480.80.
"He set a track record in winning the Yarra Valley Cup two weeks ago ... the horse is thriving."" Trainer *Dean Braun *