Sugars pair flex muscles

THE father and son combination of Ross and Greg Sugars is poised to flex its muscles yet again.

The Sugars have a greater opportunity of collecting back-to-back feature victories with in-form stable duo.

American Muscle lines up in the $10,000 Eureka 158 Cup, 2200m, in Ballarat tonight and rejuvenated nine-year-old Veranjee chases a fourth in four runs in the group 3 $30,000 Stawell Pacing Cup, 2590m.

Veranjee is a last-start Gunbower Pacing Cup winner.

While Veranjee is in the twilight of his career, it is a different story for American Muscle.

The five-year-old is on the rise with four wins in a row – all in Ballarat.

American Muscle finished last season with two wins and he returned bigger and better than ever with another two to take his career account to 10.

This preparation has seen him beat home Mister Onetwo on each occasion and they will continue their rivalry in tonight’s final.

Last time they met, American Muscle led throughout, but this will not happen this time from the second row.

Mister Onetwo has the advantage of the pole, but the lightly raced Emma Stewart-trained six-year-old is risky at the start and it remains to be seen whether he can take advantage of it.

The final has lost a little of its sting with the early scratching of Our Crime Of Passion, which would have been close to favouritism.

With field coming together after heats, it is a classy line-up with Geoff Webster likely to have a big say with Kotare Roland, which has won his past two runs.

The Jayne Davies-trained All I Can Be, Rodrigo and Mister Sheedy are other realistic chances.

LIKE his former SA compatriot Ross Sugars, Webster can have a big say over the Ballarat and Stawell feature meetings.

As well as Kotare Roland, he has filly Bit Of A Babe returning in the Wendy Holgate Three-Year-Old Pace, 1710m.

Raced by the Ballarat and District Trotting Club harness racing syndicate, Bit Of A Babe is a two-time group 1 finalist.

This is her first run this season.

Webster then goes with Our Arlington and Washmepockets in the Stawell Pacing Cup.

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