COWRA trainer Rod McDonald is confident Sell More Houses will lap up a step up in distance at Wentworth Park this Wednesday after storming home to win the Ladbrokes 0-2 wins Mixed 525m on Friday.
McDonald decided to race Sell More Houses ($4.60) as preparation for his Sydney sojourn, and was glad he did after he ran down short-priced favourite Did Dat ($1.55) with a blistering late burst.
It was the third win in 21 starts for McDonald's "bread and butter" dog, which has also secured 14 other finishes in the placings.
McDonald said luck hasn't been on his kennel's side in recent times, but is hopeful Sell More Houses' win is a circuit breaker.
His strong finish gives McDonald confidence his first crack at 720m on Wednesday will be no issue.
"He's given us every indication he will (run the distance), and because it's not racing until Wednesday we thought we'd give him a run at Wagga. It was a lucrative trial run," McDonald said.
"He's had a couple of 600m runs the last couple of weeks and has been desperately unlucky in them. We just dropped him down to a 500 for a fitness run.
"I've watched the replay and he didn't do his best work until the last 200m. It suited my bloke down to the ground, having something up front to chase, and the way he ran it down gave me every confidence he'll run further.
"He jumps OK then hits a flat spot and gets himself into a lot of trouble, but over 6-700m I'm hopeful he gets up near the front and doesn't have to weave through the field as much."
Clint Colaiacovo secured a double with Get On It ($7.50) in the 400m fifth grade maiden and Run Fast Maximus ($2.20) in the 320m fifth grade, as did Jack Roy with Sparky's Chance ($2.10) in the Tolland Hotel 320m maiden and Nigel's Chance in the 320m fifth grade maiden ($3.90).