It’s a case of sit and wait during the next few days for Western Australian horseman Michael Brennan.
Brennan has two pacers engaged at Saturday night’s Tabcorp Park Melton meeting, but due to today’s Corona virus revelation, the trainer is unsure whether the youngsters will cross the Nullarbor.
As it stands Pinny Tiger and Miss Boudica are due to be flown over from Western Australia on Thursday ahead of their Australian Pacing Gold Final appearances.
Brennan plans to make the trip with the pair of three-year-olds but hard borders could change that at any time.
Within hours of the Victorian government announcing the return of several restrictions this afternoon their Western Australian counterparts instigated measures for people travelling between the states.
“At this stage all I have to do is self isolate when I get home until I get a negative test,” Brennan said. “That’s not too bad, and if it remains the case, I’ll still head over to Victoria.
“If things get worse, and they starting talking about two weeks in quarantine, that’ll become a lot more difficult.
“At that point I will have to talk to the owners about sending the horses over to stay with John (Caldow) still while I stay here.”
Pinny Tiger and Miss Boudica earned their berths in the $350,000 Finals by capturing heats at Gloucester Park on April 20.
During the interim Pinny Tiger finished fifth in the WA Derby before scoring at Gloucester Park.
To be driven by Caldow the son of Mach Three has drawn three along the second row.
“His draw isn’t the best, but if the emergency comes out he moves into two and follows out Act Now, which gives him the chance to go forward early,” Brennan said.
“At this point it is only a starting position and he could still get the right run on the night.
“One of his biggest assets is he can come off the speed and finish quite strongly, which I would imagine will come into good use in the Final as I reckon they’ll go about 1:52.”
Drawn wide in six, Miss Boudica followed her heat success with a win and a third.
Also by Mach Three, Miss Boudica will be driven by Caldow.
“I’m very happy with everything she has done, but this is going to be a pretty big test for her,” Brennan said.
“She can do a bit of work and has speed, but whether that’s enough to beat the likes of Tough Tilly, Joanna and Anntonia remains to be seen.”