Trainer David Smith has no hesitation in backing up Ashanti Lass in the Albion Hotel Handicap (1100m) at Kalgoorlie on Sunday.
The Balmont mare, on the seven day turnaround, is looking to go one better after going down narrowly to Zee Dribbler last week.
Ashanti Lass had the race within her grasp after dashing clear inside the final 200 metres, but was grabbed right on the post.
It was a gutsy performance from the five-year-old who overcame a foot abscess and a four week break between runs.
“With her feet issues I couldn’t get as much work into her as I would have liked,” said Smith.
“All is good with her and she has come through the run really well.
“She is a tough mare who will strip fitter and be better suited back to 1100m.
“I expect her to run well.”
Ashanti Lass has been a handy acquisition for Smith, posting one win and two narrow second placings, after transferring from his father Cliff’s stable in Perth.
She takes on a field of seven rivals and has drawn perfectly in barrier three for apprentice, Emma Stent.
Smith believes Jetcetera is warming up to his task and is poised to breakthrough in the Tower Hotel Handicap (1400m).
The five-year-old has been placed in two of his previous three starts including a solid fourth to Casino Belle a fortnight back.
“He is not yet fully switched on but is getting there slowly,” said Smith.
“He doesn’t have to improve too much to still be in the finish.”
Smith won’t rule out Sofala Bridge making an impact in the Star & Garter Hotel Maiden (1300m), despite a modest record and poor run two weeks ago.
Sofala Bridge has yet to breakthrough in 19 attempts and tailed off to finish last behind Tahego Jay, but Smith advises punters to dismiss the run.
“He wasn’t quite right but if he is allowed to bowl along in front he is capable of improvement,” Smith said.
Jockey Eliza Finger will combine with Sofala Bridge from the middle of the eight horse field.
Smith says with the right run Zaba Zaba Doo, a last-start runner-up, can figure prominently in the Piccadilly Hotel Handicap (1200m).
RWWA: Julio Santarelli.