After illustrating positive signs last season, champion trainer Adam Durrant is confident Jedaffair can make a winning return at Belmont on Saturday.
Off the back of two lead-up trials at Pinjarra and Lark Hill, Jedaffair is ready to launch her Ascot carnival campaign in the Glenroy Chaff Handicap (1300m).
The Trade Fair mare, bought for $1750 as a weanling, claimed black-type status last March with a tenacious win in the Listed Natasha Stakes (2200m).
Holding narrow favouritism ($4) in an open race, Jedaffair has drawn barrier three for William Pike and resumes since a close fifth in the WA Oaks (2400m) last March.
“I’m really pleased with her,” Durrant told Tabradio.
“We didn’t have things go our way last prep and had a few setbacks early on.
“She is really a magnificent looking animal now and has filled out and matured.
“My thoughts on the trials are they were both excellent against nice opposition and she finished off well.
“If she was a Bob Peters horse being a Natasha winner coming to a 64 plus race on a Saturday with Pike on she would be $1.80.
“We are really confident she will run well and I think she will win.”
Earlier in race three Durrant and Peters will go head-to-head when Some Sort takes on the Grant and Alana Williams-trained Brave Dream.
Brave Dream is out of WA Derby-WA Oaks champion, Dreamaway and has produced two outstanding trials ahead of her debut in the Susan Olive Plate (1200m).
Some Sort, a Snippetson gelding, staked his claiming as a rising three-year-old when he made the highly touted Celebrity Queen earn her victory last start at Belmont.
He ran a half-length second to the Redoute’s Choice filly, but lost no admirers after giving a bold sight in front until the final 50m.
Brave Dream and Some Sort are the market leaders at $2.60 and $3.20 respectively.
Last season’s talented juvenile, Rio De Mar, racing first-up, is $4.80.
Durrant believes race experience and another front-running ride by apprentice, Jade McNaught, will give Some Sort the edge.
“We have race experience and the good thing about this boy is you don’t go slow with him, you jump and run and that’s what he will do tomorrow (Saturday),” Durrant said.
“He will break a few of these and hopefully one of them will be the cerise and white having its first start and might not be able to absorb the pressure we are going to be putting on.
“He will lead and sets a nice strong clip. We are really confident he will run well.
“You just have to hope it’s not a Group 1 horse we are running into.”
Durrant said he was hopeful rather than confident about At The Ready in the Ascot Racing Carnival Handicap (2200m).