Consistent galloper Vicious will head to Moonee Valley on Australia Day to tackle the BM70 handicap over 1000m. The speedy son of Nicconi has had two runs back from a spell for two very encouraging seconds in BM64 and BM58 grade.
The 5yo steps up to BM70 grade on Friday night, however he goes around with 55kg and will jump from the inside draw in the field of 9. Whilst up in class Vicious has been competitive at Stakes grade as a 2yo and head trainers David and Coral Feek are confident the gelding can run well at this level off the back of his work this time in.
'He's running consistently this preparation and his work this week has been as good as we've seen. He's bright and well and we'll have a throw at the stumps in town' Said David Feek
'He's a horse with very good ability but he has his little quirks. We manage him well and he loves the environment down here on the Peninsula. Hopefully the tight Valley circuit suits his front running style tomorrow'.
It's an even looking race with just 9 horses to contest heat 1 of the Summer Sprint Series, with 3yo Sam's Image a short priced favourite after his win over the likes of Nature Strip, Madeenaty and Smart Coupe on Day 1 of the Cox Plate Carnival in 2017. Nevertheless, Vicious has returned to racing in great form this time in and if things go his way from the inside draw tomorrow night David Feek is confident the 5yo can acquit himself well against this field.
'The Peter Morgan horse looks a promising 3yo, however he is first up and if he's not quite wound up for his first run back then the race looks wide open'. Said Feek on his assessment of the race.
'We'll use our natural speed and look to hold the inside from barrier 1. The speed looks solid so hopefully a few take a sit and we can control things in front. I think that's his (Vicious) best chance of running in to the money'.
'We are one of longest in the market however this horse works like a city class galloper and I'll be surprised if he isn't in touch with them'.
Top young jockey Ben Allen takes the ride tomorrow night and after two minor placings this time in Team Feek are looking for Vicious to go one better.