English import Pacific Heights will make his Australian debut for co-trainers David Hayes and Tom Dabernig in Wednesday’s $35,000 All Seasons Showcase Handicap (1300m) at Bendigo.
The Irish-bred six-year-old by Galileo won four of his 21 starts in England, including two victories each at 1400 and 1600m.
Pleased with the gelding’s recent trial victory at Tatura, Dabernig said he was excited to see what the horse could produce on race day.
“It’s a little bit hard to say where he will end up but he’s a really sound horse, he’s clean-winded, he works well and his temperament is good,” Dabernig said.
“It’s always a little bit hard to line up the English form but Bendigo is a nice big spacious track and it looks a nice race to kick him off in.
“He did trial well and he looks to have come on from that trial. He’s going into the race with improvement in him but in saying that he’s ready to go.”
Dabernig said Pacific Heights was a horse that should continue to improve throughout his preparation and could hopefully measure up to better races in the Spring.
“The idea would be to have a race or two with him in winter and then race through to the Spring,” he said.
“1300 might be a little bit sharp but the way that he trialled and the way that we train them in Australia sometimes they can sprint really well fresh.
“I wouldn’t be going to the races highly confident, sometimes these horses take a race or two just to click to our tempo of racing but he’s certainly a nice horse and a horse that the punters can follow.”
Jockey Dwayne Dunn is currently listed as the rider of both Pacific Heights and the John O’Shea-trained third emergency Sanzio.