Prominent Tasmanian Owner Mick Maxfield will be chasing a weekend cups double when Offthetopofmyhead tackles Sunday night’s $12,000 Ulverstone Cup at the Devonport Showgrounds.
The first leg of a possible cups double for Maxfield came in the way of his open class star Max Delight who recorded a dominant win in Saturday nights Italian Cup at Melton in Victoria, where the David Aiken-trained gelded son of Bettors Delight was driven a treat by Chris Alford to score.
Maxfield will be chasing silverware in Sunday’s Ulverstone Cup with the David Hayes-trained Offthetopofmyhead.
The gelded son of Western Ideal was a Launceston winner of a rating 65 to 79 event in Launceston four starts ago and has been running in some handy races since that effort including a fifth placing in the Launceston Mile two starts back, and a fifth placing at his most recent effort in a 65 to 79 rating event.
On that occasion, the pacer settled well back in the race before finishing off strongly out wide late. His last quarter was the quickest of the race in 28.54s, as recorded on the Tasracing Calculated Sectionals.
The big key for the pacer in Sunday’s race is his poor standing start manners which sees him as an out of the draw horse.
The Ulverstone Cup sees the two 10-metre handicap runners as the ones to beat in the way of Be Major Threat ($3.60 fav) and Gotta Good Reason ($4.60).
Rohan Hillier takes the reins on Offthetopofmyhead, and the driver rated the pacer as his best each-way chance of the meeting, on Tasracing’s From The Stables Podcast, outside of his two kiwi imports, Its Montana Jet and Montana Storm in the nights other $12,000 feature, the Max McCormack.
Both pacers have won one race from limited starts in New Zealand. Both pacers filled the placings behind Allamericanlover at Cambridge on 15 April.
The form has stacked up well, with three winners coming out of the race, including the winner who has also finished mid-field in a Group 1 race.
Sunday’s 10-race Devonport card commences at 17:03