Trainer Justin Warwick and jockey sibling Lucy descend on Pinjarra Park today with the promising mare Miss Gelana ($2.00 fav) in the Join The 100 Club 52-64 HCP 2000m.
Storming onto the scene in late March, the daughter of Blackfriars trounced a maiden field at Albany by 2 ½ lengths over 1636m which ignited a string of three stunning wins.
Heading to Bunbury next, Miss Gelana careered home last again from near last on the turn to score by a length over 2025m in Class 1 company.
In a change of riding tactics for its first look at Ascot, senior hoop Troy Turner positioned the 4yo closer to the speed which left us scratching our heads, but we needn’t have worried – Miss Gelana coasting to the line with a massive three lengths up its sleeve.
This win unfortunately spelt the end of the run for the punting faithful, who crunched the mare into outright favouritism ($1.90 fav) at Belmont Park last start only to witness a race not run to suit, with Miss Gelana soundly beaten into fourth place by Saxon Saxoff.
Today’s race presents a notable drop in class for the Team Warwick hope, and the big question mark surrounds the speed map and where Lucy will position Miss Gelana in transit.
Earlier in the program, Warwick will be hoping on a positive debut for Hot Goods ($2.00 fav) in the Gate Bar & Bistro 2YO Maiden 1000m following an impressive recent trial performance, while Ready To Fire ($21.00) resumes for the stable in the Lane Ford Maiden 1200m but will need to find a few lengths here if it is going to be competitive.