Back Page with owner Gary Thorpe.
Back Page with owner Gary Thorpe. Scottie Simmonds

Back Page chases win number 34

BACK Page will be chasing his 34th career victory when he contests the Best 8 sprint at Thabeban Park tomorrow.

The champion returned to the winners’ list last Saturday at his third start back from an injury-enforced lay-off, and despite being a week-to-week proposition, he could get the money again.

His trainer, Gary Thorpe, could easily claim the race trifecta because he will also be represented in the event by Ranger Thomas, which was runner-up to Back Page last week, and Flying Shak, which won the fourth grade.

The opening event on the program, the 460m maiden, is a race full of chances, but the best prospects appear to be He’s Got Speed, from box three, and Lucky Bowser, which has drawn the outside. Both have recent placings to their credit.

A fifth grade over 460m will follow, with Court Five in fine fettle and chasing win number three from its past four outings. With a personal best of 26.77sec and a favourable draw in box four it will be a brave punter to take him on to be beaten.

Another terrific race on the program is the 460m fourth grade, where Southern Spirit is mixing distances well and will be gunning for its third straight victory. However, Elite Looking returned to form last week with a very strong win and will be hard to beat again, while Enforcer’s Girl is always a threat with her box speed and Disco Roberta returned from a lay-off last week to go down narrowly.

Race four is another fifth grade over 460m. Great Alexa appears to be drawn well in box eight and is another runner that resumed recently from a let-up and whose form can’t be faulted. However, Diamond Thunder similarly has solid form, along with Diamond Tulsa, which had a recent kennel change.

Another 460m fifth grade will conclude the program. Black Eyed Aidan will be looking for redemption after last week’s below-par performance, as will Majestic Jewels, which is a bit off form at the moment, while Dashing Dean, from box one, also has credentials.

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