KAREEM'S Edge, who lines up on his home track at Coffs Harbour this afternoon, is described by trainer Paul Smith as a "work in progress".
The lightly race three-year-old tackles the Coffs Harbour Hardwoods Class 3 Hcp over 1600m with Raymond Spokes in the saddle.
In a ten start career the gelding has shown promise with two wins and four placing's.
However, the son of Nadeem is still learning his trade Smith suggests.
"He's going good but he's still got a lot to learn," Smith said.
"He's still very green in his galloping action and racing.
"I've got a bit of an opinion of him but he just hasn't learned yet how to race genuinely.
"He might still be six of eight months away from doing his best."
While admitting the best is yet to come from Kareem's Edge, Smith thinks he looks well placed on today.
The gelding, owned by a local Coffs Harbour syndicate headed by Jason Burnett, has had two runs since resuming from a 90-day spell when he had back ended wins in a 1415 Coffs maiden and a 1400m Class 2 at the same track.
It takes a horse of some ability to jump straight from a maiden to a Class 2 win.
Kareem's Edge is unbeaten on his home track.
He kicked off his current campaign with a 4.4 lengths seventh to Arabian King in a 1006m Class 2 event at Grafton on November 5 then was 4.2 lengths fourth to In A Wink in a 1300m Country Plate at Taree on November 18 carrying 59kg.
The gelding drops to 55kg today.
"They burnt him off first up then I was a bit disappointed at Taree he didn't finish the race off. He was a bit one paced. I thought he'd run a place but he just got a bit lost," the trainer said.
"It's like his work. One day he'll work good the next get lost.
"He's pulled up good and his work on Monday was very good.
"He's definitely got the ability but he's still learning.
"He loves Coffs Harbour. The bigger track suits him.
"He's close to the mark."