Wagga trainer Gary Colvin is expecting a strong showing from Forever Newyork at Canterbury on Friday night.
The five-year-old will have his final hit-out before the Country Championships in the Benchmark 70 Handicap (1250m).
Jake Duffy, who is booked for the ride in the Championships heat, will be on board from barrier one.
Colvin expects Forever Newyork to run a big race.
“He’s drawn well, so I want to see him run a nice race,” Colvin said.
“He’s a $6.50 chance or something like that so they give him a bit of a show. I expect him to run a pretty good race. He’s starting to peak now. He’s had another trial and the run over 1200 metres. We’ve kept him ticking over and tried to keep him a little bit fresh.
“I’m happy with the way he’s going.”
Forever Newyork ran second in the 2017 edition of the Country Championships heat at Albury. He then went on to run 14th in the $500,000 final.
He was a scratching in the race last year due to injury and has been prepared meticulously by Colvin to be right for this year’s $150,000 qualifier.
The son of Manhattan Rain has had five trials and one start this preparation in a bid to meet the criteria for the heat and be primed to go one better than 2017.
“We could have gone to the meeting at Albury but I wanted them to have a good solid hit-out,” Colvin said.
Colvin is also taking Tully Toff to Sydney to compete in the TAB Highway Handicap (1200m) at Warwick Farm on Saturday.
Duffy will also take the ride.