Andrew McLaren is confident Vocal Enforcer is poised to return to the winner's list in heat two of the Lew Dorsa Memorial Trophy (530m) at Cannington on Saturday night.
The reigning WA Greyhound of the Year ran a gallant second to Surf A Coin in last week's Sandi's Me Mum Final after a poor start from the boxes.
Vocal Enforcer recovered to reach the lead on cornering but couldn't with stand the finishing run of the winner who railed hard to win by a nose.
"He blew the start which is something he doesn't normally do," said McLaren.
"I think just before the home turn Surfer Coin touched him on the back of one of his legs and made him wobble.
"It had enough impact to let Surfer Coin through and that dog did what he does best by running hard and winning well.
"It's a reasonably even race early and if he jumps as he should be jumping he should find the front or be close to the lead.
"If things go to plan I think he should be hard to beat."
Eucla Charlie is shaping as a top prospect for McLaren and has struck top form with three wins and one second from his past four starts.
It included a personal best time at Cannington last week when he ran 30.68 secs in defeating Rock On Vine.
McLaren expects further success in the Brittons Formalwear Canning Stake (530m), but has a note of caution to supporters.
"He has got plenty of ability but I'm having a problem with his brain," McLaren said.
"It doesn't always work properly and he has a few tricks up his sleeve.
"If I can get him to concentrate on what he is meant to be doing I am confident he will win and win well."
Marceri is out to end a losing sequence of six in the Community Newspaper Group Canning Stake (530m), but according to McLaren he faces a tough rival.
"Paul Stuart has De Wade engaged who goes real well," McLaren said.
"I expect Marceri to get a perfect run but whether he has the legs to beat him I'm uncertain."
An added attraction at Cannington will be the appearance of champion chaser Miata, fresh from her brilliant win in the Association Cup at Wentworth Park.
Miata will be trialling over 642m in preparation for her next assignment in Melbourne including the Groip1 Australian Cup at Sandown Park.