HE’S drawn to prove he is aptly-named, but trainer Chris Svanosio isn’t exactly oozing confidence.
Engaged in Saturday night’s Australasian Premier Trotting Sale Final in Kilmore, Whos The Man will begin from barrier two.
Despite the three-year-old’s starting position and strong form – three wins from his last four outings – Svanosio only considers Whos The Man a “rough chance”.
Svanosio’s reasoning is two-fold.
One, the son of Angus Hall is facing more talented opposition, and two, Whos The Man’s preparation hasn’t gone as Svanosio planned.
“He’s a very nice trotter, but I wouldn’t say he’s the most talented in the race,” Svanosio said.
“His record shows he’s better than average, but some of the others in the field such as Aldebaran Zeus are very talented.
“I tried to get another run into him before this, but there wasn’t a heat and the race last Monday didn’t go ahead.
“He thrives on racing but is going in to this fresher than I would have liked.”
Citing Aldebaran Zeus as the one to beat, Svanosio is also wary of Locksley Lover.
A dual Group One placegetter last season, Aldebaran Zeus has had three starts this term for a pair of wins and a third.
Prepared by Brent Lilley, Aldebaran Zeus is a $1.80 favourite from gate five.
Unplaced at his sole start last season Locksley Lover has won his two outings this term for owner-trainer John Nissen.
The son of Love You has drawn ideally in the pole.
“Aldebaran Zeus is clearly the one to beat,” Svanosio said. “It’s hard to get a gauge on Locksley Lover, but he has looked good winning his two starts this time in.”
– Paul Courts