David Pfieffer remembers watching the 1000m sprint on Gong day last year, as Ghostly and Broken Arrows hit the line together for a stable quinella.
"It was one of those races where you could see what was happening and knew you were a big chance when they went so fast in front," Pfieffer said.
"Early in the day you had to be on speed to win, but in that race they went so hard it gave them a chance to get home. Halfway down the straight I could see Ghostly getting the gap and Broken Arrows waiting on his back.
"It was a case that Broken Arrows was always going to come quickly late, but he just missed and if I didn’t win the race with Ghostly I would probably still be dirty on it."
Ghostly is one of five winners from last year’s meeting to return to Kembla, including Sneak Preview, Destination and The Gong winner Mister Sea Wolf back to defend his crown.
Broken Arrows will be out to right a wrong in the 1000m sprint 12 months on.
Pfieffer brings both his sprinters back to Kembla on Saturday but this time in different races with Ghostly stepping out to 1200m.
"Hopefully they can both win this year," Pfieffer said. "Ghostly has found his right race, while Broken Arrows has been trialling well, and splitting them up makes sense.
Pfieffer believes the 1000m race sets up well for the booming finish of Broken Arrows as he returns from a spell on the back of two barrier trials. He finished second in the latest.
"There seems to be plenty of speed in the race, which will give him his chance," Pfieffer said. "He has come back really well but he will need a bit of luck as always with his racing style.
"He gets his preferred firm track, so I know he will coming late like he always does.
"I think the favourite Destination is pretty smart, and gets the right run but I'm very happy with the way my bloke has come back, so he will need to be on his game."
Destination has been heavily supported from $4 to $2.70 since markets opened with Hulk a $5 second pick and Broken Arrows next in betting at $8.50.
Pfieffer thinks Broken Arrows should be shorter and also made a case for Ghostly at the $17 quote one race later.
Ghostly has only had a couple of starts since winning at Kembla 12 months ago. He runs his best races fresh and comes off a six-week break after being runner-up in the Port Macquarie Sprint.
"He is a seven-year-old now and this is his right grade, he is capable of sneaking one at this level," Pfieffer said. "He is in good form and if they can make ground from back in the field, he is a chance."