Phase Three Poised to Land Maiden Win at Kalgoorlie by Julio Santarelli
An ideal barrier draw and improved form has lifted Trent Brown’s confidence as he prepares to saddle Phase Three in the Gala Tavern Maiden (1400m) at Kalgoorlie on Sunday.
The Fighting Falcon gelding will jump from barrier one for jockey Kyra Yuill and returns after producing his best run for the stable, a second placing to Albertani last fortnight.
Phase Three, with one placing under his former trainer Trevor Andrews, enjoyed no luck at his Kalgoorlie debut when he faded to finish well behind the winner.
He commenced awkwardly and was trapped wide the entire trip before finishing eighth and six lengths from Saxapak.
“You had to put a line through the run as it was better than what it appeared,” said Brown.
“He showed what he could produce next time out and the form line holds pretty well with fourth placegetter Carla running second last week.
“The draw will suit his racing pattern as he can either lead or box seat from behind.
“I’m expecting a solid performance.”
Stable mate Black Tycoon will renew acquaintances with George Grljusich’s Kalahahni in the Barnicott Plumbing Handicap (1760m).
The pair met in a 1600m contest last week with Kalahahni running home the strongest to win by a half-length margin.
It continued a frustrating run for Black Tycoon who has been placed three times from four starts this preparation.
“Kalgoorlie’s pattern of racing doesn’t suit horses like Black Tycoon who will always need luck from the back of the field,” Brown said.
“But from barrier three we will attempt to be in the front half of the field and in a position to strike when turning for home.”