Kentuckiana Lodge two-year-old Magician faces a drastic turnaround in circumstances at Addington on Friday night.
A fortnight ago, the Cran and Chrissie Dalgety trained pacer worked hard for his debut second placing in a quality maiden line up after starting from barrier 9.
This week the tables have turned with Magician being handed a sweet draw in barrier 2.
Driver Carter Dalgety hopes it is enough to help the two-year-old go one better.
“It was a big run first up, the barrier made it very tough for him but to work around the field and fight on so strongly, he went super.”
“Probably greenness cost him too because he switched off a couple of times, I think he will have learned a lot from it.”
“It certainly seems to have switched him on a bit more at home.”
“He is a horse we have always had a good opinion of and I would like to think he would be hard to beat.”
In for Kentuckiana Lodge pacer Ohoka Le Bron will step up in grade when he starts in race 3.
But there looks no better time for the pacer take on better opposition with his confidence clearly on the up.
“You can’t really fault him at the moment, he’s in great form,” Dalgety said.
“That last start win, he actually did it a lot easier than it looked.”
“He was that far in front he knocked off and I had to get him going again because the second horse was coming quick.”
“It is a big step up to race a pretty smart mare this week but he gets to draw inside them and I think he can go another good race.”
The Kentuckiana Lodge camp are looking more from Casino Action when he also starts in race 3.
The four-year-old fought on into third placing in his last start but he is capable of better.
“He is capable of improving on his last start,” Dalgety said.
“He has got his share of ability and if he were to put it all together like he can, he could give them some cheek.”
Jonny Cox drives Casino Action with Carter to drive both Magician and Ohoka Le Bron.