Master trainer Fred Kersley knows what Grand Nirvana is capable of.
But the burning question is whether the $1.14 million stake earner – with two Bolton Sprints, two Roma Cups and two Belmont Sprints to his credit – can reproduce his best form this campaign.
The eight-year-old will be the veteran in tomorrow week’s Del Basso Smallgoods Roma Cup (1200m) at Belmont Park.
Grand Nirvana has not tasted victory since the 2011 Scahill Stakes and has been placed only twice in his past 12 starts.
Steven Parnham rode Grand Nirvana when he was third in a Lark Hill trial on April 28 and will partner him again on Monday over 1000m at Belmont Park.
“He is an older horse now and he would need to be in his best form to be competitive,” Kersley said. “With his rating there are really only the weight-for-age races like the Roma Cup on the agenda.”
Meanwhile, Kersley’s promising three-year-old Bjorn To Love faces his stiffest test tomorrow when he confronts Cool Trade in the Westspeed Sprint (1200m).
Bjorn To Love has shown an excellent turn of foot to win his two career starts, but will need to improve again to conquer Cool Trade, who is chasing her fourth successive win.
“She has got the form on the board and he is going to need every bit of the five kilos,” Kersley said.