Short course specialist Usmanov is the narrow favourite to take out the Hinkler Handicap (1110m) this Saturday at Doomben.
The Team Edmonds trained gelding is on the quick back up after winning last Friday over 900m on a wet track when too good for an easier field. Harder here and drawn wide, but still heads the market at $6.50.
He sits at the top of betting alongside Emerald Kingdom, who will be better for the first up run. Close on their heels is a speed demon in Spurcraft, who gets Bubba Tilley back aboard. He’s an $8 chance.