11 May 2011 - With five consecutive victories four-year-old Bendigo-owned pacer Composed is a rising star in the Victorian harness racing ranks, but trainer David Aiken will be banking on luck riding with him at the “Black Friday the 13th“ Tabcorp Park Melton program where the gelding will contest a Semi Final for rich Vicbred Series.
Luck wasn’t with Composed at the barrier draw for the race with Bendigo’s best performed pacer this year snagging the outside draw on the front line. “I’m nervous already and this is just a semi,” part-owner, Bendigo HRC treasurer Paul Best said. “He will want to be at the top of his game, the opposition is pretty darn good.” Composed, to be driven by Chris Alford, looks like he is in peak form, his last start victory at Bendigo was in a Vicbred Heat and he beat the subsequent Chariots of Fire runner up Bitobliss fair and square. That win was his fifth in a row and followed a Melton treble of wins and his victory in the KR Castlemaine Cup at Bendigo. This season, Composed has already won almost $73,000, racing 19 times for nine wins and six placings. A top performance in this race will elevate him into the $100,000 Vicbred 4yo C&G Series Final raced at Tabcorp Park next week.
Two of Composed’s main stumbling blocks en route to Final will be matched against him in his Semi Final. Gun New South Wales pacer Mach Wiper has gone unbeaten at his last four starts, winning three in NSW before looking extra special at his Victorian debut, winning a Vicbred Heat at Cranbourne last week. Mach Wiper is now trained and driven by superstar Mr Feelgood’s trainer/driver Luke McCarthy. The Mach Three 4yo entire has already paced a best mile rate of 1:54.1, easily the fastest of the 12 competitors in this race. McCarthy purchased the horse only a month ago and has been surprised by his recent string of wins. “I didn’t know too much about the horse to be honest before we bought him but we got him out of the Riverina and on the plus side of things it seems he is used to doing a fair bit of travelling to get to the races so the trip to Victoria last week for the heats didn’t worry him and I am expecting him to travel well again this week.” “I know he went 1:54 at Menangle two starts ago and he did that quite comfortably but some of the C2 horses can run that on a Tuesday so I am not going over the top.”
Mach Wiper will start from gate four on the second row with another top contender Bitobliss (Scott Stewart) drawn three gates to his left on the inside of the second row. Bitobliss has not finished out of the official three placing at 11 starts this season and his performances in Grand Circuit company on the spacious Menangle track have been superb. At two starts there, Bitobliss finished runner up to Motu Crusader in the $20,000 Hondo Grattan Stakes, then runner up to Lanercost in the $200,000 Chariots of Fire. - David Aldred