A King for Scone
Canberra based trainer Nick Olive will make the six hour drive to Scone for only the third time in his career with progressive galloper Nat King Cu set to line up in the final race of the card on Friday.
Having resumed with two solid performances this time in Olive was forced to scratch Nat King Cu out of last week's meeting at Rosehill after he felt he was not quite up to his best.
"Just coming into the race last week I didn't quite think he was over his previous run," Olive said.
"Judging by what he has shown this week I'm very pleased I've given him another week because he has really thrived.
"I really couldn't be happier where he is at, I'm wrapped."
While he appears to have a clear class advantage over his rivals dropping back in grade, the son of King Cugat will be forced to do it the hard way from the wide draw.
"It is a very winnable race so I was a bit devastated when he drew a bad gate."
With the prize money for the race almost double what is contested at the midweek's, Olive said it was a great incentive to make the long trip.
"It's a restricted race for some fantastic prize money and it's the main reason why we are heading up the highway to have a crack at it," Olive said.
"Obviously he's got a big weight and wide gate but these are things he has to overcome and the horse is going fantastic."
Leading Sydney based jockey Glyn Schofield will link aboard Nat King Cu for the first time in what will be his fourth ride for the Olive stable this season.
"I don't think there are too many jockeys riding better than Glyn [Schofield] at the moment," Olive said.
"It's definitely a big advantage to have him on board especially from the wide draw, I'd like to think he'll negate that a fair bit which will be good."
Having collected four wins and two minor placings from just eight starts, Olive felt Nat King Cu will only keep improving this time in.
"He's proven that he can be competitive in Metropolitan class and hopefully the way he's come back he'll just keep improving throughout this preparation," Olive said.