WHITEMORE owner-trainer Nigel Schuuring will be happy if his three-year-old gelding Added Bonus turns out to be half as good as his half-brother Barysh Quest.
But so far it's been hard to get a gauge on the horse's ability because he keeps drawing wide barriers.
Added Bonus will again start from the outside gate when he has his third start in the Class 1 Plate at Mowbray tonight.
``The only consolation is that he's a grinding type of horse that needs a clear run, so a wide barrier is probably better than barrier one,'' Schuuring said.
``He will be suited by the step up to 1620 metres but he's really crying out for 2100m or further.''
Added Bonus was placed behind Fiftyfourknots and Fast Mail over 1400m in Hobart at his second start.
``I was pleased with that run because he was wide all the way,'' Schuuring said.
Barysh Quest, who had four unplaced runs in Victoria during spring, was Tasmania's top three-year-old last season.
He won the Hobart Guineas and was runner-up to interstate horses in both the Tasmanian Derby and Tasmanian Guineas.
Hardest for Added Bonus to beat tonight looks to be Head Spinner, who has finished strongly at his past two starts over shorter distances.
Head Spinner's trainer, Leanne Gaffney, produced smart debut winner Difrent at Spreyton on Sunday.