Journeyman racedog Tremlett had no problems handling his first look at the 642m when he claimed a heat of the Solo Summer Chase at his last start and trainer Eric Campana will be hoping for a similar effort from the chaser in the final at Cannington on Saturday night.
Better known as a sprinter Tremlett had won five of his past 10 starts over the 530m trip and the blue brindle carried that good form into the longer journey with an all-the-way victory in his heat.
Tremlett found the lead early and despite having several challengers at his heels for the entire journey he did enough to keep his rivals at bay and hold to score by just under two lengths in 37.87.
“I thought I’d try him over the 600 and there was no better time to step him up than in a series like this,” Campana said.
“(During his heat) he just kept chugging along and did just enough to win it which is the sort of dog he is.”
The veteran chaser arrived in Campana’s kennels late last year after stints racing in NSW and Victoria.
He took several attempts to find the winner’s circle in WA but has since developed into a more than handy addition to Campana’s team.
“He was a bit of a concern when he first started over here but we got lucky when he drew box one in four races in a row which helped him get a few wins and build his confidence,” Campana said.
Campana believes Tremlett will have to work hard from his wide draw in Saturday’s final but is capable of a forward showing.
“Box seven isn’t great for him as he’d prefer to be closer to rail but he’ll hold his own,” the Canningvale trainer predicted.
“He’ll be trying to cross so hopefully he can stay out of trouble and if he can find the lead or be just sitting off the pace he should go well.”
Up-and-coming youngster Houdini Monelli was the fastest qualifier for the Summer Chase after clocking 37.67 to win his heat while the powerfully finishing Super Earner also has great prospects from the rails alley.