Bel Esprit gelding Believing again steps out in benchmark 70 company tomorrow night at Pakenham after a massive finish at the Valley recently, however punters have had nothing to do with the 4-time winner, in fact $13 out to as much as $17 since markets opened.
Though very tough in closing stages as of late, the Robbie Griffiths-trained 5-year-old has been luckless in recent runs, unlucky not to score 2 starts back when missing by just 0.5L.
Ironically, it was at this track where Believing last won a race, coming from second-last to triumph by almost 2 lengths in a benchmark 64 at Pakenham last April. Overdue for a win, he has filled the minors 5 times since, each with an eye-catching run from deep in the field.
The current $16 shot has been a notable runner to say the least in recent performances, in fact clocking some of the fastest sectional splits country-wide for any grade, earmarking himself as a certain winner if he puts it all together.
Believing was a certain black booker after his run at Flemington over 1100m in January, matching it with the best going to continually break the 11-second barrier in the closing 600.
In 2 runs at Sandown prior he again surged late without luck, in point of fact clocked at almost 73 kp/h during a run over 1000m in December last year and recording a sectional split of 9.92 in the process, almost unheard of.
The 36-start veteran is ideally drawn in barrier 2, running in race 7 on the card at Pakenham. With any luck, Believing may well find himself back in the winners circle going on a close to race-best time of 1:10.48 over the distance. You can get as much as $17 for the win currently with Bet365.