Pushin’ Shapes is poised to make amends and launch the first leg of a feature country race double in the $100,000 Coolgardie Cup (1760m) at Kalgoorlie on Sunday.
Co-trainer Ben Pearce says Pushin’ Shapes can gain redemption after a slashing fourth in last year’s Coolgardie Cup when he stormed home from the back of the field.
“He is going well, but last year he got too far back,” Pearce said.
“Hopefully he can settle midfield or even a little bit closer.
“This is the race we have set him for and hopefully it goes to plan.”
Pearce says Pushin’ Shapes will be at his top after two runs this campaign.
His confidence in the Viscount gelding boosted after a strong last-start third to Prize Catch at Belmont.
“He hit the line strongly and is right on track,” Pearce said.
“He should be cherry-ripe for this race.”
Pushin’ Shapes is the 59kg top weight and Joe Azzopardi retains the ride.
In the 14-horse Coolgardie Cup field Pushin’ Shapes will jump from barrier eight.
Pearce said Kalgoorlie’s first feature race of the season would be Pushin’ Shapes’ grand final in the Goldfields.
“I think he is better suited between 1600m and 1800m,” Pearce said.
“He won’t be progressing to the Boulder Cup or Kalgoorlie Cup.
“After the Coolgardie Cup he will target the Northam Cup (1600m).”
Pushin’ Shapes heads TAB markets at $3.60.
Friaresque ($4), Our Finest Moment ($4.60) and Master Magician ($6.50) sit in single figures.