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A big last start effort on Diamonds Day has Forbury Park pacer Parama primed for a big run on his home track tonight.
The Darryn Simpson-trained 3yr-old produced a solid fourth in a strong field in his last outing on Southland's premier race day.
That race was a big step up from his impressive debut win against weaker opposition on his home track last month.
''I was rapt with him really, it was a big jump up in class from a maiden win,'' Simpson said.
''He has come through it really well and his work this week was good.''
Parama will yo-yo back down in class tonight in race 7.
He will also revert to standing-start racing after lining up behind the mobile at Ascot Park.
Simpson said his Bettor's Delight pacer had a sensible attitude, which should help him handle going back behind the tapes.
''It is always a concern - just having two starts - but he is pretty level headed.
''He went away slow, but safe in his first start and as a rule he does pace away.
''I would like to think he would step away pretty good.''
His two good career efforts so far suggest there are plenty more wins ahead of Parama.
Simpson said he is the type of horse that could work his way to the country cups grade.
''Come Christmas time he could be in those summer cups.
''I think with a break you'll see a different horse.
''At the moment he is just a touch on the weak side of things, but when he comes back you should probably see twice the horse.''
Simpson's only other runner, SPF Three, starts in maiden company in race 3.
The trainer is not writing off the 3yr-old's winning chances, despite the horse drawing the outside of the front line of the mobile.
''You can't say it is a bad draw until after the race. You just don't know.
''He goes OK - he is not the worst maiden, that is for sure.''
SPF Three went two good races for third before galloping out of his last start on Diamonds Day.
Simpson said he expected the horse to do things right tonight, as he had added an overcheck to the horse's bridle.
''He just got a bit uptight and dropped his head and had a gallop at Invercargill, which he hadn't done before.
''So I have put the overcheck on him, and I think he should be fine.''
SPF Three takes on several promising pacers tonight.
Miss Ruby Sunshine drops significantly in grade and looks very tough to beat.
Where's Daddy and Bono Brown add interest to the race with their handy trial and workout form.
Like Miss Ruby Sunshine, Maharani is a 2yr-old filly dropping down in class tonight.
The Mitchell Kerr-trained pacer looks hard to beat in race 4.