Billinger eyes South Australia Cup

08 December 2017 00:55:30 GMTPlus11

Trainer Darren Billinger says the South Australia Cup is the main aim for Whenmechief as he prepares to race at Globe Derby Park on Saturday night.

The classy pacer finished third behind Smolda and Jilliby Jagger in the Group One last year, Billinger says the target is to go two better on 13th January.

"The Cup is the obvious aim with him, so his program will be based around that," Billinger said. "He will follow a pretty similar schedule to the one he did this time last year.

"Ironically, that schedule included racing on December 9, which is the date on Saturday night. He finished second on that occasion, so hopefully he will go one better this time.

"Like last year, I'm looking at the Christmas Cup then another suitable race between that and the SA Cup."

Whenmechief will be targeting back-to-back wins after scoring first-up following a spell last week and has drawn barrier seven over the 1385m.

Billinger is happy with the seven-year-old's progress and believes Whenmechief will improve following his latest run.

"He got an easy trip last week when first-up and needed the run," Billinger said. "He will definitely improve for the outing.

"His work has been good, but he's still not quite at his peak. Nonetheless, they will know he is there. Over such a short distance I imagine it will be handle bars down, which will suit him.

"He will be better again for this week's run and be at his top in time for the Cup."

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