SPRINTER Escebee faces his moment of truth on home-track Albury today.
The Conway Printing Benchmark 55 Hcp (1000m) is a big step up in grade for the promising three-year-old.
“He’s racing against older horses with five to eight wins,” trainer Kym Davidson said.
“It’s a big step up from a three-year-old maiden.
“Escebee is a nice horse and we’re looking to go down the road a bit further with him.”
The son of Written Tycoon showed his ability at his first trial when he won over 900 metres at Corowa by 10 lengths on August 27.
Escebee was a dominant $1.50 favourite in a three-year-old maiden plate over 1000 metres at Albury on September 9 and won easily — by 1½ lengths on a slow track.
“He wasn’t comfortable on that surface but still got the job done,” he said.
The gelding then had a let-up and hasn’t raced for 47 days.
“He’s been back in work for over a month and he’s ready to go back to the races,” Davidson said.
Escebee is raced by Davidson and several locals including leading sportsman Garry Purtell.
“They like a bet. They’re hoping they can get on tomorrow,” Davidson said.
Davidson’s other big chances today are Right Of Reply, Real Calm and Back To The Bar.
“Right Of Reply drops four kilos tomorrow,” he said.
“Real Calm should be unbeaten while Back To The Bar has drawn wide but that’s OK because he doesn’t like clutter.”