First-up last prep Belle Of Cadiz was heavily backed at Ballina before just getting run down in the last few strides, but she won’t have it easy today jumping from a wide barrier, with plenty of speed underneath her, and wearing a lugging bit for the first time.
Among the rivals is dominant last-start Albury maiden winner A Thousand Degrees, which is drawn even wider for border trainer Mitchell Beer, while Canberra filly Reason To Smile arrives with solid form, including a CL2 win at Queanbeyan three runs back.
It might turn out to be a big day for the Longmire yard, with their promising mare Designer Dance shooting for two in a row in a class1 (Race 5) over 1200 metres.
A powerful finishing daughter by Master Of Design out of a Royal Academy mare, Designer Dance burst on to the scene when she charged home to just miss on debut before rubber-stamping that form with an effortless come-from-behind maiden win as favourite.
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