THE connections of local AAMI Hobart Cup favourite Dream Pedlar breathed a sigh of relief when the Troy Blacker-trained gelding drew barrier seven for the Group 3 race over 2200 metres at Tattersall’s Park on Sunday.
Dream Pedlar had his colours lowered in the Ingham Jockey Club Cup (2100m) in Hobart last Saturday when second to the Jason Clifford-trained Forbidden Quest in the weight-for-age lead-up race.
“I’m very pleased with barrier seven because the rider will have the freedom to go forward early if he needs to or just maintain a position closer to the fence heading out of the home straight the first time,” Blacker said.
“My horse pulled up well from last Saturday’s run. He was caught three-wide for some time and he had not started for four weeks so there was no great disappointment in being beaten.”
“The horse has been bucking his brands off the past two days so we are very happy with his condition going into Sunday’s race.
The reigning Tasmanian premier training team of David and Scott Brunton also were pleased with the barrier their mare White Yard drew.
Listen to what trainer David Brunton had to say about White Yard’s Cup chances – click here .
For the AAMI Hobart Cup field with barrier draw – click here .