Trainer Simon Miller is hopeful tough mare Caipirinha can break through for her first win this campaign when she lines up in the Listed Miss Andretti Stakes (1100m) at Ascot tomorrow.
The four-year-old has finished in the placings on three occasions this campaign, including a last start second to Battle Hero in the Summer Scorcher on New Year’s Day.
Having her seventh start for the campaign tomorrow, Caipirinha has just five rivals in the $100,000 event and Simon Miller said the mare deserves to record her third Listed race win.
“She’s finally drawn a good gate, she hasn’t had a lot of luck in previous runs,” Miller told TABradio’s The Sports Daily.
“I’d love her to win one because she has been knocking on the door.”
Miller also saddles up Meteoroid in the Listed event tomorrow, and said the Birthday Stakes winner could not be underestimated on Saturday.
“Meteoroid has freshened up well,” he said.
“The formlines out of her races are strong, and I can make a case for her as well.”
Despite having a strong hand in the Miss Andretti Stakes, Miller said Oliver’s Travels was his best hope of securing a win at Ascot on Saturday, when he lines up in the Ascend Sales Trophies Handicap (1400m).
“He is a really nice horse going places,” he said.
“I’m happy with him and I think he is our best bet of the day.”
Meanwhile, Daniel and Ben Pearce take a small but select team to Ascot on Saturday, including former Victorian galloper Rebow in the TABtouch Maiden (1400m).
The Reset gelding finished second to You Am I on his West Australian debut in Bunbury on December 29, and Daniel Pearce said he was pleased with the performance.
“We were really happy with that first-up run,” he said.
“I think he was stiff to run into a smart one.”
The Pearce team also have Street Fury engaged in the Iron Jack Plate (1200m), following a last start second to Cognac on New Year’s Day.
Pearce said he expected the filly, a winner at two of seven career starts, would be difficult to beat on Saturday.
“She was unlucky last start,” he said.
“She was held up and really hit the line well when she got clear room.
“If they run along a little bit she should be hitting the line strong.”
Meanwhile, Kingston Town Classic winning combination Alan Mathews and Patrick Carbery team up with Max Almighty in the Crown Towers Handicap (1200m) on Saturday, and Mathews said the seven-year-old would perform well, despite being a $34 chance on TABtouch.
“He’s raring to go,” Mathews said.
“Patty is very happy with his work, and if he gets the right run he can rattle off a nice sectional so he’s better than a $40 chance.”
The first race at Ascot gets underway at 12.51, with the Miss Andretti Stakes at 2.50.