“It will be tough, but I’m one of seven with a chance of winning, so I will give it a crack.”
Trainer Martin Allan is fully aware of the magnitude facing Great Waters in the Listed Melvista Stakes (2200m), but the fact he is there means he is in with a shot.
Great Waters is a rank outsider in Saturday’s $100,000 feature race, the final lead-up to the WA Derby (2400m), with the Tabtouch market rating him a $31 chance.
A $30,000 yearling at the Inglis Premier Yearling sale, the Dundeel gelding has two placings to his name after stepping out for his maiden at Bunbury in February.
His best run came last-start at Bunbury when he worked home strongly and was doing his best work late when runner-up to Red Hot Tip, beaten 1 ¾ lengths.
Great Waters has drawn barrier one. Jarrad Noske replaces the suspended Jade McNaught.
Allan said he is thrilled to have an opportunity in the Melvista Stakes.
“I’m actually amazed he has made it this far,” Allan Told The Races WA.
“I’ve kept him fresh thinking he wouldn’t get to this stage.
“But I think the penny has really dropped with him after that previous run.
“I’ve stepped up his work and his gallop on Tuesday was real good.
“I think he is ready to step up now and he will stay all day.
“He’s a nice horse and I really think he can run a nice race.’
Meanwhile Allan believes he had gone to the well once too often with Time To Sizzle.
The City Place filly had her bid for a winning hat trick stopped at Ascot yesterday when she ran unplaced as favourite.
“She raced flat and didn’t seem interested,” Allan said.
“She has been up a while and will now go to the paddock.”