Tartan Trilogy ready to improve again

Winton trainer Chelsea Faithful hopes Tartan Trilogy can complete a long journey from the show ring to the winner's circle at Forbury Park tonight.

The comeback pacer will start for just the fourth time in two years in race 7, a 2200m junior drivers event.

The racetrack looked a long way off when Faithful was been riding the 9yr-old veteran and showing him at A&P shows during his time away from racing.

That time away and the long and slow build-up Tartan Trilogy had before his return to racing have him in even better form than he was before his injury.

''Every run he had has been a been a good honest one and he should gain good improvement from those runs.

''Hopefully, he will improve again from this run as well.''

Faithful also starts Toby O'Gara in race 7 tonight and she will drive the pacer.

Maruia Park will drive Tartan Trilogy.

Faithful said Tartan Trilogy should have the edge over his stablemate.

Toby O'Gara was also in good form recently, but ran an ordinary ninth in his most recent start.

''He backed up four days after racing and he is the sort of horse that doesn't like that kind of racing.

''He is a better horse with his races spread out.''

Faithful has freshened the horse since his last-start failure and is hopeful of a good showing tonight.

However, from his barrier 1 draw on the second line the horse will require luck.

''If he was three-back on the fence and could get a run he could run a place.

''If he did get a gap it wouldn't surprise me if he wasn't far away.''

Toby O'Gara is drawn to follow Kotare Elite through at the start.

The Amber Hoffman-trained pacer could give Toby O'Gara a nice run in the trail if driver Kimberly Butt decides to use the horse's good gate speed to stay in front.

Kotare Elite drops in class for tonight's race after clashing with talented pacers Mighty Flying Art and Born To Boogie in her past two starts.

Funinthedark also drops in class when lining up in the junior drivers' event.

The Matt Purvis trained-pacer ran sixth behind Nandolo in a classy line-up at Addington two starts ago.

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