Duncan Howells said Fiorella had been crying out for a step back up in trip and the WSB 1900 to be run on Saturday had finally provided her with such an opportunity.
He said, “She is exceptionally well in herself. It was hard to find races for her over this sort of distance due to her merit rating being so high.”
Unfortunately, the Captain Al filly has drawn widest of all in the 12 horse field.
Howells said Muzi Yeni was the best rider for her at her allocated weight of 55,5kg.
Yeni has ridden her once before, in the Grade 1 Woolavington 2000, and she only just failed to hold on that day against Oh Susanna.
She is the joint-third best weighted horse in the race according to official merit ratings. However, she is 2kg under sufferance with the best weighted Fresnaye, whom she beat by a quarter of a length in the Grade 1 Empress Club Stakes and lost to by 8,80 lengths in the Grade 1 Majorcas Stakes, both over 1600m.
Howells runs High Altar in the Listed East Coast Cup over 2000m.
He said, “It is a big step up for her and she seems to be better at Scottsville. I am not sure she is quite up to it, but I want to try and get some black type so hope she runs into the money.”
All races will be on the turf on the day.
Howells runs two-year-old Master Of My Fate gelding All The Way Up in the first race, a Maiden over 1000m.
He said, “He is a smart horse but may need a bit further.” He was a touch outpaced in his only racecourse appearance in a barrier trial over 1000m on the poly. Craig Zackey rides from a good draw of four and he should improve.
Howells run two horses in the third over 1400m, Frosty Princess and Trip To Freedom, and both have wide draws. He said Trip To Freedom was the better of the pair and if Lyle Hewitson is able to overcome the draw he expected her to be in the first three.
He runs Jet Stream in the fifth over 2200m and said, “She will appreciate the step up to this trip. She ran a good race on the poly the other day (over 1600m) and I expect her to finish in the first three.”
He runs Silver Raisin and Barinois in race nine over 1600m.
He said, “Hey are both hard-kocking and have chances but it is an open race.”
By David Thiselton