Dellar ready for Kalgoorlie Pace by Julio Santarelli ready for Kalgoorlie Pace
Merv Dellar admits Archie’s Dream may have got away from him on arrival from Victoria but remains confident he has found the key to the four-year-old ahead of the RSM Bird Cameron Pace (1760m) at Kalgoorlie on Sunday.
Archie’s Dream, at his maiden Western Australian outing on May 20, ran sixth of 12 behind Point Of Return before displaying improved form when he ran on from seventh on the corner to be placed fourth to My Boyfriend.
“I think I went easy on him and he went into those races underdone,” said Dellar.
“I’m getting a better understanding of the horse and the work he can take.
“His run last time out wasn’t too bad and he was just over two lengths from the winner.
“His record in Melbourne shows he has a bit of ability and with a step up to the mile and natural improvement he can give this a shake.”
Archie’s Dream, placed five times from eight Victorian starts, will exit from barrier seven for jockey Russell Hanson.
While Archie’s Dream is taking time to wind up it’s been the opposite for stable mate Albertani who will be well supported to continue his recent good form.
The Snitzel gelding has made a positive start to his Kalgoorlie career and has looked impressive with one win and a second placing from his first two runs.
On debut for the stable he ran a short-neck second to Saxapak before breaking through and holding out Phase Three by a comfortable ¾ length margin last fortnight.
Albertani, with the experience of Russell Hanson, has drawn five in the field of ten and will attempt to claim successive wins in the Safe And Sound Storage Handicap (1300m).
“The impressive part about this horse is that there is so much upside to him,” said Dellar.
“He is still learning and is probably another 12 months away.
“I was pretty keen on him after he ran third to Democratism at Northam.
“He will give a good account of himself and only needs luck in running.”
The Dan Morton stable looks set for a good afternoon with Hussation and Cadia Street representing strong winning claims.