Sarah Childs is confident she can revive the fortunes of Nat The Fyfe in the 56 Years Bookmaking Handicap (1300m) at Geraldton on Wednesday.
The former Perth galloper, previously with Simon Miller, has one win from 13 starts, but Childs believes he can end a long losing drought.
The son of Danehill Express is in search of a much-needed confidence-boost after he shed his maiden status at Pinjarra earlier this year.
Nat The Fyfe steps out under Childs’ guidance for the first time since finishing fourth to Kenny’s Silver (1900m) at York last month, beaten 1 ½ lengths.
Childs said she would be disappointed if the four-year-old, drawn ideally in barrier one for Robert Markou, didn’t figure in the finish.
“He should get the gun run from that gate,” Childs said on TABradio.
“I actually rate him as my best for the day.
“I’ve freshened him up down the beach and it’s not a great field with any standouts in it.
“I would be disappointed if he didn’t run top three.
“I do rate him a bit but the brain’s not there just yet.
“I galloped him the other day and I was pretty happy with his work.
“I’m pretty happy to take him to the races.”
Childs believes bad luck and not a distance query upset Diamond Town when fourth, beaten two lengths, behind Lui’s List on November 21.
The seven-year-old, who was on the hunt for back-to-back wins, was stepping out for his first appearance beyond 1600m.
Diamond Town, who has never finished outside the top four in six Geraldton starts, can bounce back in the Luckygray Handicap (1900m).
“He should have won last start if you looked at the replay,” Childs said.
“150m from the line he has gone through a gap and was absolutely bolting when he got stopped dead in his tracks.
“Watching the run I thought it was all over but with a whip in his face he didn’t want to go any further.
“I have no concerns about him running out the 1900m at all.
“He should a real good run from the gate and I’m rapt he has only got 55 ½ (kg).
“I expect him to run a good race.”
In a field of 11 starters Diamond Town and Markou will combine from barrier four.
Childs believes Vitalism will have to lift another gear against a smart line up to be considered a threat in the Maver Bookmaking Handicap (1100m).
The talented mare posted a stunning six length win last month but has lacked the killer punch at her past two outings, finishing runner up behind Dark Rhythmn and Energy Boy.
In a race that appears laden with speed, Markou can give Vitalism cover from gate three.
“She has been a little frustrating because she is the best horse in the stable,” Childs said.
“She has got to find the line a bit better.
“Adam’s (Durrant) one is obviously going to be hard to beat and So Cute will bounce back.
“It’s an interest race with heaps of speed in it and hopefully we can get the camp behind them.”
Asian Lily, prepared by Durrant, is chasing a winning hat trick after wins at Geraldton and Narrogin.
Childs said Alyeska is likely to be scratched and Generis Heart will find the Stewart Maver Happy 90th Birthday Handicap (1600m) too sharp.
RWWA; Julio Santarelli