Padrisimo is eyeing a hat-trick of wins when he lines up at Young on Friday.
Coming off two victories at Wagga, trainer Rod Woodhouse expects a much tougher challenge stepping up in grade.
It’s a race that could also decide the future of the in-form pacer.
Now assessed as a C7 pacer, the son of Bettors Delight is running out of options in the Riverina.
Woodhouse is looking to use the race to see where his future lies.
“It is a bit of a test for him and we will know what we are up to,” Woodhouse said.
It is a bit of a test for him and we will know what we are up to.
“If he can be with that field then I will probably look at taking him down to Menangle for a M0.
“If he can’t match it with them I’d say (owner Rob Nalder) will probably send him to Queensland.
“It’s a bit of a crossroads for him.”
Padrisimo has finished off brilliantly in the last two races after getting soft runs.
Woodhouse is hoping he can do the same after drawing barrier four in the News Xpress/Jaycar Young Pace (2100m).
Roger Strong will drive.
Woodhouse will also line up three-year-old filly Daenerys.
She was second on debut at Albury in February and the daughter of For A Reason has drawn to start in barrier two.