AARON Purcell concedes Guizot faces a tough task of winning back-to-back metropolitan races for the Warrnambool-based trainer after not running for a month.
Guizot defeated the Darren Weir-trained Mantastic at Caulfield last month and the two line up in a tough $100,000 race at Flemington on Saturday.
“It’s not ideal not having a start for a month,” Purcell said.
“There were just no races for him when we wanted them.
“The form line around Mantastic is strong. We beat him and then he went on to win his next start.
“I find it a really difficult race to gauge and work out a map as to where the horses will be in the run.
“The Hayes stable has the last-start winner Sikandarabad and Al Haram resumes and Ciaron Maher saddles up Al Galayel.
“It looks a very good race on paper but my bloke is going good. He might get out to nice each way odds.”
Promising Warrnambool galloper Rebellious Lord is the second emergency for a 1200-metre race.
Romanesque, the third placegetter in this year’s Warrnambool Cup, resumes for Jarrod McLean in a $100,000 race.
The Maher-Eustace stable accepted with D’Grammy, Kaching and Al Galayel.
Darren Weir’s Warrnambool satellite stable has numerous runners, including Voodoo Lad, Camdus and Man From Uncle in the Aurie’s Star Handicap.