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Princess pace could help colt save petrol
Petrol Power. Pic: Hollands Photographics

The early speed of race favourite Princess Hallowell could be a key to Petrol Power overcoming his wide draw in today's Magic Millions Perth 2YO Classic at Ascot, according to trainer Jim Taylor.

Petrol Power is rated the biggest threat to Princess Hallowell, who holds favouritism at $3.20 for the $250,000 feature after brilliant wins at her past two starts.

Princess Hallowell also has to overcome an awkward draw in barrier 17.

She will come into barrier 13 if the emergencies do not gain a start but possesses the early speed to cross and sit on the speed. Taylor hopes Princess Hallowell can help Petrol Power, who has barrier 14, settle in the first six and be in a position to strike.

The Snitzel colt is the $5 equal second favourite with Camporella for the 1100m dash.

"Luck in running will go a long way," Taylor said. "Princess Hallowell is pretty fast, so she might carry us across and I'd say he'd be somewhere in the first six.

"There are six to eight really good chances and he's one of them.

"I think he's pretty smart and we'll know more in the ensuing months."

Taylor said he would have preferred to have blinkers added to Petrol Power's gear instead of winkers.

Perth's stifling heat forced Taylor to pull Petrol Power out of a trial at Lark Hill on Monday.

Under the rules of racing, he has to trial in blinkers before racing in them.

"The colt started to come out in him at his last trial," Taylor said.

"I would have preferred to have blinkers on but winkers are the next best thing."

Impressive debut winner Flying Zoe has firmed from $12 to $8.50 and co-trainer Dion Luciani rates her the pick of his three runners.

Flying Zoe, who stormed home from near last to win by a length over 1000m at Ascot last month, has drawn well in barrier four.

The Luciani stable also has last Saturday's winner Play With Fire (barrier nine), Authentic Style (12) and first emergency Majanzo (15).

"It's fair to say Flying Zoe would be our best chance on paper," Luciani said.

"She's got the most improvement in her but all three of ours get in with strong claims. The barrier draws have worked out good for us overall and the more fancied runners have drawn awkwardly.

"The horse with the best luck in running will probably win and hopefully, with ours drawn favourably, they can get that."

The West Australian

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