A tough-as-teak five-year-old gelding can throw his name into the ring for the honour of being Provincial Summer Series champion when the second heat unfolds at Wyong on Thursday.
Great Danger, second-up for the Kris Lees stable at Newcastle, looks well placed over 1350 metres after working home nicely under the same weight in a BM 72 (1200m) at Canterbury.
Five heats in all, with $350,000 in prizemoney, will determine the full field of qualifiers who then contest the $150,000 final at Wyong on January 2.
Admittedly, Great Danger hasn't won since a BM 70 at home in February, and his form last prep was inconsistent. But he looks to have come back a little stronger this time, and punters should see him park a few lengths off the speed with cover.
Drawn right alongside, home track mare Margie Bee will be one of the toughest to beat deep into her prep, and getting in light after a 3kg claim; while further out talented Gosford mare Wicked Wench, also dropping significantly in weight, is out to make it two wins from three runs this campaign.
Earlier, another reminder NSW racing has never been blessed with so much potential as several good three-year-olds hit the track.
In fact, you won't see too many better quality Class 1 provincial races at this time of the year than one battle over 1350m, with most of the field having claims.
Exciting colt Edmond, a last-start maiden winner second-up at Hawkesbury, has been popular in early betting, but emerging Godolphin filly Mollycoddle looms as a huge threat third-up after being a barnstorming maiden winner here nearly three weeks back.
Throw in progressive Randwick gelding Shadow Chaser who was just edged out second-up in a good quality Class 1 at Kembla; and Warwick Farm-based four-year-old Amoretti who flew home from the back in that same race, and this is one of the highlights of the meeting.