As the most anticipated Provincial Summer Series on record gets under way, a lone Gosford runner can upset the apple cart in Thursday’s opening heat at Hawkesbury.
Not surprisingly, Wyong stables dominate alongside Hawkesbury-based yards and, as is nearly always the case, leading Newcastle horseman Kris Lees serves up a serious chance, but a no-frills five-year-old is poised to beat the more fancied rivals over the 1500m.
Estroverto, which is a gelded son of Pierro trained by Kylie Gavenlock, has been somewhat frustrating for connections since an impressive class 2 win at Scone back in early September.
Since then, he has finished around midfield in three runs, ridden both quietly back in the pack and on speed. So for a galloper who’s always shown his best form early in the preparation – two of only three career wins from 26 starts have come either first or second-up – he’s been freshened via a five-week break and quiet trial.