A track gallop at Terang on Tuesday rounded off Nashville Sound's preparation for a first-up run in the $45,000 Koroit Cup at Warrnambool on Sunday.
Trainer Daniel Bowman hopes the 1600-metre gallop will have Nashville Sound ready to run a forward race in the feature race on the eight event card.
"We've just taken Nashville Sound along quietly and the Koroit Cup seemed the ideal race to kick off his campaign," Bowman said.
"He's had a couple of niggling issues during his career but he's right now. Nashville Sound has a good first-up record and always runs well at Warrnambool.
"He ticks off a couple of boxes. I would love to win the Koroit Cup because I have strong family links with the town. It would be special if we could win.
"Nashville Sound will have a couple of runs in this campaign before we get him ready for winter racing. His best form is on tracks with a bit of give in them."
The group one winning trainer told The Standard this year's edition of the Koroit Cup looks a strong race.
"There's a few chances in the cup," Bowman said.
"It looks a tough race. I rate Tough Vic, Duke Of Plumpton, Dubai Dominion and Humble Pie very highly. It's hard to split those runners."
Jockey Harry Coffey who rides Nashville Sound on Sunday, rode the six-year-old in Tuesday's track gallop.
Warrnambool Racing Club racecourse manager Daniel Lumsden said the running rail will be out three metres from the 1200 metre mark to the winning post while the rail will be in the true position for the rest of the track.
The track is expected to be a good four on Sunday. The Koroit Cup is scheduled to begin at 4.55pm.
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