The rise and rise of Full Peal goes up another notch when he competes in Saturday’s $70,000 Zouki Western Health Cup (2000m) at Flemington.
The five-year-old has won his past four starts taking him from a restricted 62 Handicap to a restricted 89 Handicap and from the country to the city.
The Bill and Symon Wilde co-trained gelding is on more than just a prizemoney mission this weekend.
A win will convince his Warrnambool mentors that he deserves a shot at Group racing.
The son of Clangalang and Lake Solveig is stepping up to the 2000m for the first time.
Success will see the Wilde’s plan a Melbourne autumn campaign which is likely to take in five runs and the $125,000 Group 3 Easter Cup (2000m) at Caulfield on April 7.
“We want to try him over 2000, just to shape his future and see if he can get the trip,” Symon Wilde said.
“If he could win this race, he’ll probably have raced himself out of handicaps.
“He’s had plenty of time to mature, so I don’t think we’d be looking to give him a long spell or anything.
“He’s here to race, he’s lovely and sound, so perhaps a short break and then the autumn.”
While Lake Solveig was restricted to 1200m races and shorter, Full Peal’s sire Clangalang won the 2003 AJC Derby (2400m) beating Strasbourg and Mummify.
It should enable Full Peal to take the distance leap in his stride.
“He’s a pretty reliable horse, he’ll put himself in the race and he’s got a really good turn of foot to get out of any trouble,” Wilde said.
“He’s relaxing really well and as far as his work this week and his eating goes, everything from this end is just super.”
TAB Sportsbet have Full Peal a $1.85 favourite in front of Abitofado $6.50, Luckyimbarefoot $7, Right Fong at $7.50 and Jeuney’s End $8.50.
The Wildes also have a good chance with Lord Wimble in the $70,000 Lanec Services Handicap (1720m).
Having his first metro start, the son of Bianconi has won four of his past five starts and his latest at 1400m.
“The 1700 looks to be a lovely stepping stone for him, he looks like he’s crying out for it after his last run at Ballarat,” Symon Wilde said