Former Victorian pacer Hypersonic Drive has been a good money-spinner for trainer Heath Szczypka since joining his Underwood stable at the start of the season.
With two wins from four Tasmanian starts, the five-year-old has earned $10,000 and he should pick up another stake cheque when racing returns to Carrick on Sunday.
Although opposed to a short-priced favourite in Prosecution Witness, he just needs a clear run through from the second row to be in the finish.
Hypersonic Drive finished strongly from a similar draw to win his last start at Devonport a fortnight ago.
"I thought the track was a bit leader-biased and a bit heavy so the win was good," Szczypka told the Tasracing web site.
"He's still a little bit immature because, although he's a five-year-old, he had 12 months off after a hock injury became infected."
Szczypka also trained Hypersonic Drive's mother Blacktie Affair for a similar ownership group.
She won her first three starts in a row after coming from Victoria and four Tasmanian races in total.
The first four Carrick races will be on Sky 2 and the remainder on Sky 1.
IZAHA FACES TASK
Trainer Todd Rattray is finding it difficult to place his star pacer Izaha and, although he's found another race for the five-year-old at Devonport on Friday night, he faces a difficult task.
Izaha is the backmarker on 30m for the $12,000 NWTLHA Cup, feature event on the bumper 15-race combined harness and greyhound program.
He comes up against a quality field including Illegal Immigrant (20m) and Full Speed Ahead (10m) as well as talented frontmarkers Koolaz Elvis, Sea Double Ugrant and Buster William.
After Izaha's last-start win in the Danbury Park Cup at Mowbray, when he came off 20m, Rattray suggested the gelding was close to being handicapped out of Tasmanian racing.
"I couldn't believe he got handicapped on 20m so it's going to be difficult for him from now on," the trainer said.
"I will keep him here (in Tasmania) for a bit but he might end up with James (Rattray) in Sydney.
Izaha was impressive winning at his second run after a spell but now meets main dangers Koolaz Elvis and Illegal Immigant on 10m worse terms.
Koolaz Elvis is a former stablemate of Izaha now trained by Conor Crook.
Three starts ago he was beaten in a lowly claiming race but he has risen to another level at his past two runs.
After winning a heat of the Australian Drivers Championship for Gary Hall Jnr, he gave a huge sight in front when second to Izaha at Mowbray.
If he can begin safely and again work to the lead, he should be hard to get around.
The meeting also includes two heats of the Youngbloods Challenge series and both look open races.
Jigamaroo, Resolute Ruler and Mach Charm, all off the second row, look the main chances in heat 1 with Kuzma, Southern Gnp, Machitelli and She's Gifted among the better hopes in heat 2.
Bridwood Marshal is an interesting runner in Friday night's main greyhound race, having won a heat of the Devonport Chase three days ago to qualify for the $25,000-to-the-winner final next Tuesday.
He has drawn box 1 and is odds-on in the Greyhound Recorder's predicted market.
Trainer Anthony Bullock often races the dog on a quick backup and the fact that he hasn't missed a place in his past 21 starts suggests he thrives on racing.
Kennel-mate Outlaw Teddy and the Robin Grubb-trained Willy Bound are rated his main dangers at $5.
Bridwood Marshal is at $21 with tab.com.au for the Devonport Chase final.
The market is - 2.20 Stop Line; 2.80 Stanley Gordon; 5.00 Chief's Empire, Raging Ralston (res); 12.00 Sacred Shadow, Leica Prayer, Ned Isakoff, It's Fletch (res); 16.00 Speedy Deneholme; 21.00 Bridwood Marshall.
McKillop Insurance Brokers has won a draw between local businesses to be naming rights sponsor of the Tassie Golden Apple at Mowbray.
The race, in its second year, has heats on Friday December 13 and a $30,000 final on Saturday December 21.
It is a set-handicap series for horses rated 80 and higher with a maximum back mark of 30m.