Of course it’s not all a two-horse war. Canberra five-year-old Dream Builder progressed through to a Randwick Highway in the spring after beating a good BM 60 field the run before and resumes on Thursday for leading trainer Matt Dale.
Punters should keep a big watch, too, on Goulburn six-year-old Fireman Sam I Am, who also competed against stronger in the winter and resumes for the improving Goulburn stable of Tash Burleigh.
Elsewhere on a big and open nine-race card, that same stable is set to win its second race with capable stayer Delude in a Heat of the Wagga Stayers Series (Race 6) over 2000m. The four-year-old son of Delago Deluxe put the writing on the wall flashing home in a similar grade last start and fourth-up he looks ready to land a second career win.
And if patience is eventually rewarded, punters should stick with grey Canberra three-year-old The Unknown Factor in the BM 58 Hcp (Race 9) 1000m sprint to close the day.
It seems a long slow haul since US-bred The Unknown Factor went around as a rank outsider in the Group 3 Black Opal in the autumn, but three solid runs back from a spell and a 1.5kg claim on Thursday has him primed to break back into the winner’s stall.