Leading Anakie greyhound trainer Andrea Dailly is hopeful Speed Star can go one better in this year's Group 2 Ballarat Cup series, which kicks off with four heats on Saturday night.
Last year Speed Star finished fourth to Aston Kimetto in the prestigious final.
"He's definitely going as well as last year, but his heat comprises a red-hot field," Dailly said.
"The game plan is to lead from box two, and hopefully he steps to the front and obtains first look at the rail."
Dailly is conscious of the fact Seal The Deal (Box 1) can be 'hit-and-miss' out of the traps, but says Speed Star needs to kick away with at least a four-length break to have any chance of winning.
Speed Star has 26 wins, 14 seconds and eight thirds from 58 starts.
He has won seven of his past 11 starts, including a purple patch of five straight during September-October this year.