ARIZONA King went into a grade four in Hobart last Thursday night with only four wins to his credit from 36 starts which is why punters were content to send him around a $7.50 chance.
But he also had notched 16 minor placings to suggest he was either a professional non-winner or a luckless chaser.
Given the courage he showed to win last week it would be fair to assume it had been bad luck that prevented him from having a better winning record.
Arizona King began well wearing the check vest to lead and had a two-length break turning for home.
But when Sweet Time emerged from the pack to challenge and headed Arizona King half-way up the home straight those who backed the early leader would have been preparing to turn their Tote tickets into confetti.
But Arizona King had other ideas and fought back to defeat Sweet Time by a neck with jack’s razor flashing home from well back to grab third but almost two lengths from the runner-up.
Arizona King is owned by Darryl Strickland and trained by his brother Maurie Strickland.
Those who bothered to investigate Arizona King’s form would most likely have backed him, given he had defeated Latro two starts prior and that dog went on to win two in succession at Devonport with the latest an invitation over 452m on February 22.