Suvaljko excited at gelding's potential

21 February 2019 07:16:50 EST

Star reinsman Shannon Suvaljko believes Always Arjay is racing better than ever as he prepares to take to the track at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

Suvaljko is excited by what the future holds and declared that the seven-year-old, with 15 wins from 71 starts, deserves his place in open-class mobile feature events.

"He's now racing out of his skin and is a great chance in the Governor's Cup at Gloucester Park on Friday night," Suvaljko said.

Always Arjay, has drawn the prized No. 1 barrier in Friday night's Group 2 $50,000 event and Suvaljko said that the gelding was capable of leading all the way and beating better performed rivals.

"He's got enough speed to hold up," he said. "I have got him out quickly in mobiles. He drew ten in the RWWA Cup last week and was hard on the back of the one horse (Herrick Roosevelt) when the mobile released the field. He then almost ran down Handsandwheels.

"If this week's Cup was over 2500m, I'd probably take a sit with Always Arjay. But it's over 2130m and in Free-For-All company it is all about a bit of luck, barrier draws and the distance.

"If Matt (Scott trainer) wants me to take a sit, I'll sit. However, he doesn't usually give me instructions and my preference is to lead.

"Always Arjay is a tough horse who has won heaps of races rolling along in front. He's a big chance. I think that Rocknroll Lincoln will probably have to race outside of us."

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