Junee reinsman Chris Judd is hoping Navajo Rocky can go one better at Wagga on Friday.
A narrow second on Tuesday, Navajo Rocky looks well placed in the Cottontails Winery & Restaurant Pace (2165m).
However one cause for concern is the barrier draw.
The nine-year-old will start from gate 10 and it is something that has Judd worried.
“It’s probably the weakest race he will find but the draw isn’t going to help him too much,” Judd said. “Hopefully they go hard early and we can home over the top of them.
“He is going well enough, he just needs a little bit of luck in his races as he can’t make his own luck.”
Navajo Rocky has three placings in his last five starts.
Finishing only a half head off Ohokas Roman mid week, Judd was pleased with how he finished off the race.
“When I had a look at his sectionals he went 57.9 himself,” he said. “You can’t ask for much from him.”
One of the contenders for Wagga Horse of the Year, the second on Tuesday has him one point off leaders Padrisimo and Jessica Amber.
Jessica Amber also looks well suited on Friday, but having a crack at the title is an aim for Judd and his father Terry.
Judd will also drive Perfect Sign for his father.
While his form doesn't read well, Judd believes drawing barrier will suit.
“He’s probably been a little disappointing but is a genuine leader,” he said. “He needs to be in front and I don’t think there is much speed off the front row so he can probably lead and over the mile will take a lot of beating.”