John Sargent is confident Pecuniary Interest can handle the step up in class when the five-year-old tackles Saturday's Listed January Cup at Rosehill.
The gelding is rated a 11/1 chance for the 2000-metre contest having landed his two previous starts, both at Randwick, with his most recent victory coming by three-quarters of a length when upped to 2000 metres for a Benchmark 72 on Boxing Day.
Pecuniary Interest is set to carry 53 kilograms on Saturday, a drop of 5.5 kilograms from his last start, and Sargent is quietly confident his charge can measure up.
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"You could wait for another week and run (in a Benchmark 78) and he'll have 59.5 kilograms but it's good going into a field when he's on the way up and a lot of them have been going around," the trainer told Racing NSW.
"He's a fresh horse on the scene, it's a big jump up but with the weight drop I think he will run well."
Pecuniary Interest has won three of his five starts for Sargent and the trainer continued: "It was good to see him do it again after a win because sometimes they don't back it up.
"He's only a couple of runs into the campaign, he'll run through into the autumn and we'll see how far he can go."
James Innes Jnr will take over on board the son of Excelebration with the pair set to jump from barrier four in the 14-strong field.
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