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Adricat ready to pounce

Local trainer Paul Rowe is confident Adricat will perform well in the Doug Milne & Frosty Martin Handicap tomorrow at the KBRC.

The Delago Brom gelding will step up to the 1760m for the first time this preparation, a distance which he has won over before.

The eight year old has been consistent this preparation claiming a cheque at all three starts.

Rowe is happy with his galloper's progress since his last appearance and believes the three weeks between runs which the majority of the field faces increases the race's complexity.

"We're all in the same boat, from a training perspective you have to be on the ball with three weeks between runs racing over 1760m" Rowe stated.

"I'm hoping we haven't lost any fitness with him, I'm happy with him and his work since his last run"

The Pat Behsman owned galloper finished third last start when one and three quarter lengths behind Saturday Skies when doing his best work late.

The gelding was a victim of bad luck when being boxed in and having to extricate of heels well into the straight to obtain a clear run.

"What cost us last time we got pocketed on the corner which held us up for about one hundred metres by the time we were forced to go around other runners"

"I'm not sure if we would have won but the interference definitely cost us second place"

Rowe has engaged the services of gun apprentice Lucy Warwick for the flashy galloper's assignment with Lisa Staples hopping off to ride Wonorg after building a strong record on the Collie based galloper during the Albany season.

Rowe will instruct Warwick to sit midfield in the event behind the leading division with Saturday Skies and Wonorg the likely pacemakers.

Rowe has Oriental Classic engaged in the Gill Smash Repairs Maiden where the four year old will step up to the mile at his third run this preparation.

Rowe is hoping for an improved performance after the gelding finished seventh last start behind Mince Pie.

"I'm stepping him up to the mile from the 1100m which isn't ideal, however it was all there was available this week"

"Whether he needed another run we will find out, but I am happy with him and I know he will get the mile"

Rowe will saddle up Bellevue Bullet and Thebigiam in the Roofing Solutions Kalgoorlie & Tieri Roofing Handicap.

Rowe concedes Bellevue Bullet is a hard horse to gauge and is hopeful he can show glimpses of his first up effort when the galloper finished second.

"His first up run was an absolute pearler, he followed it up with a fourth and then finished well back at his third run back"

"He hit the line fairly last start so I'm hoping he can finish closer"

Rowe is interested to see how Thebigiam will perform explaining that the ten year old was his best track worker this week.

"He galloped the best out of the four this week, he's our mystery horse so we'll see how he goes"

Royce Newton