Afford feeling optimistic on duo

13 March 2019 08:44:18 EST

Trainer Dale Afford is feeling optimistic as he heads to Globe Derby on Friday with his classy youngsters Shesashark and Hesashark.

The duo will tackle a pair of feature races and Afford says it could be a successful night if lady luck shines on them both.

"They are both feeling good and should run nice races," Afford said. "We'll just have to see what luck we got on the night."

Shesashark, who has been successful at three of her last four starts, will kick-start proceedings in the South Australia Oaks and will begin from barrier three.

"She has surprised me a bit," Afford said. "When she was younger I thought she was only running along at a good speed because she was wound up and highly strung, but as she settled she has still shown a good turn of foot.

"I've very pleased with the job she is doing and expect her to be in it a long way in the Oaks."

Then it is the turn of gelding Hesashark who will tackle the Sapling Stakes, where he has drawn the widest barrier.

After scoring upon debut the two-year-old finished fourth during his subsequent outing and Afford thinks he will give a good account of himself on Friday night.

"I gave him a few days off after the Kindergarten, but he has had a bit of work put into him," Afford said.

"I rushed him out of the gate last time but from a wide draw there will be no need for it His work been good enough to suggest he will be among them at the finish."

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