Ashcroft hopes for another Euphoric Moment
Trainer Errol Ashcroft is confident Euphoric Moment has what it takes to return to the winners' circle at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
The six-year-old has been going through a bit of a lean spell having not saluted for the last 10 outings but Ashscroft believes that drought could be about to end.
Euphoric Moment will contest the final event, the 2536m Etch Coatings Pace and Ashcroft is hoping it will be the lucky last.
He knows how to win having done it on 12 occasions throughout a 91-race career and the fact he has landed the prized number one barrier will help on this occasion.
Deni Roberts will take the drive and is expected to target an all-the-way win, but Ashcroft expects him to be in the mix at the end no matter how the race pans out.
"We’re a good chance from No. 1," Ashcroft said. "I usually leave the tactics up to my driver, but we would hope to lead. When he starts off the front, he has gate speed, and if we pop the plugs, he’ll go.
"I’d say that Deni might pull the plugs at the start. That will be up to her. The horse is going really good, and the 2536m will suit him, regardless of whether he leads or sits. He’s a strong stayer."
Meanwhile Roberts and Ashscroft will team up again when Henwood Bay jumps from barrier two in the 2130m Catalano Truck And Equipment Pace.
"It’s a pretty tough race, but he’ll be knocking on the door," Ashcroft added. "I’m happy with the way he is going. I think 2500m in the breeze (when a fading sixth behind Hampton Banner last Friday night) was a bit much for him."