BRUSHGROVE trainer Terry Commerford is confident Electric Circus can break its recent duck in the Dougherty Constructions Benchmark 55 Handicap (1400m) in Grafton today.
Electric Circus comes into the race off the back of three second-placings, and Commerford said he thought the chances were high this time.
"In saying that I've thought his chances were pretty good the last three rides," Commerford said.
We're up against it, but if he can get into the inside then we could be a chance."
Commerford said he believed the weighting could adversely affect the five-year-old gelding's chances.
"We're only half a kilo lighter than Peaceful Belle who's already won seven races," Commerford said.
"We've got the same weight as Mauled who's won 11 but we've only got one.
"I think we're badly weighted but that's something we'll just have to overcome."
It's been a long battle to get Electric Circus fit for races, after the gelding fought inflammatory airways disease earlier this year.
"Inflammatory airways disease is where the lungs fill up with mucus - similar to how we get asthma," Commerford said.
"It was a really hard time because we just couldn't treat it.
"We went through various antibiotics to help it and none of it seemed to work."
After 10 months of recovery, Electric Circus has raced three times - landing a podium finish in each race.
Commerford said he wasn't sure what caused the disease but was thankful to the owners for their patience with him.
"Whether it was the change in climate or what - I've got no idea," Commerford said.
"I have to thank the owners for their patience because they could've easily pulled the pin.
"They stuck with me and hopefully we can turn the bad luck into some wins."
In what could be a bit too much of a coincidence, Electric Circus has drawn barrier 10 for the race. Commerford admitted it would make winning a little bit harder, but was still positive about its chances.
"At the 1400m start at Grafton, barrier one is the best alley to draw," Commerford said.
"They get progressively worse as you get further out and we've got the outside."
Apprentice jockey Kasie Stanley will take the ride, as she has for its last three starts.
Commerford said the 26-year-old had been riding well, and expected her to do the same today.
"She's had about seven starts for three seconds with me," Commerford said.
"I'm very happy with how she's gone and hopefully she can go one better."
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