Les Tilley isn’t daunted by a wide barrier draw heading into Wednesday’s $150,000 Provinical Qualifier at Newcastle.
The Wyong trainer has race favourite Another Aan ($4.20) starting from barrier 13 in the field of 16.
The lightly raced five-year-old, owned by Les and his wife, was impressive at his last start win over 1200m at Newcastle on March 17 when he carried 61.5kg.
The Reann gelding was unlucky in the 1350m Wyong heat on February 23, finishing seventh only 2.5 lengths behind the winner. Les said Another Aan’s racing pattern is to come from behind so the wide barrier shouldn’t be an issue.
“He always gets back a bit so I don’t think the barrier will be a big problem,” Les said.
“He ran out the 1350m at Wyong alright so I really think he should handle the 1400m. “He is a horse on the up and I’m pretty confident he will race well.
“Robert (Thompson) is riding him again so that’s an added bonus.”
The champion jockey has a good association with the gelding partnering him for four of his eight starts.
Les purchased Another Aan at the Inglis Summer Sales but a few minor hiccups have led to him taking him along slowly. “He was a bit immature and there were a few small problems along the way so we have given him a bit of time. “
Another Aan has had eight starts for four wins and a placing.
Fellow Wyong galloper, the Kim Waugh trained Calabasas ($6.50) is the second favourite but will also have to contend with a tricky draw starting from 15.
The three-year-old Snitzel gelding was narrowly beaten over 1200m on the Beaumont Track at his last start on February 25. He will be ridden by Blake Shinn.
The Allan Kehoe trained Hurricanes has drawn barrier 17, while Kristen Buchanan’s Oakfield Sunrise is the fourth emergency.