Bunbury trainer Simon Foster is examining the possibility of taking Big Caroline to Melbourne for the upcoming spring carnival.
It’s a leap of faith for Foster but one that emerged after she posted an authoritative win at Belmont Park on Saturday.
She worked outside of the leader before striding clear to defeat strong opposition in Miss Cyclonic and Palace Intruder.
It gave Foster a big boost after she performed below expectations at the same track and distance seven days earlier.
A fifth to Generous Choice was her first start back after producing competitive performances as a juvenile last season.
She ran second to Jezpark in the Listed Supremacy Stakes (1100m) and a sound fifth behind Hobart Jones in the Karrakatta Plate (1200m).
Foster is weighing up his options but won’t rule out Big Caroline meeting elite three-year-olds in the eastern states.
“It’s still up in the air which way we may go and I’m still looking around,” said Foster.
“I’ve spoken to owners Dan and Julie Love who are reasonably keen to take her east.
“There are nice races over there but of course it’s a lot harder.
“I’m not sure whether she is quite up to it but you don’t know until you get there.
“The way they have it programmed there are more options over there for three-year-olds.
“I have to sit down and have a really good think but there is still a lot of water under the bridge.
“She still has to win a couple of more races in my opinion before she can contemplate that level.”
Likely to partner Big Caroline in Melbourne is Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) champion Prentice.
His win at massive odds was one of the biggest upsets last season.
With two return runs he is working to full fitness and his effort on the weekend when fifth, beaten 2 ¼ lengths to inform galloper Rock Prince (1400m), impressed Foster.
“I was really happy with the way he raced and I’m not a big fan of chucking those younger horses against the older horses,” said Foster.
“He was coming up against some pretty handy gallopers but every time you put him into three-year-old races he is giving the field 5kg.
“He last 100 was very good and I will probably start looking at the mile and build him up.
“If I can teach him to settle then he will be a real nice staying horse and has a good future.”
RWWA: Julio Santarelli