Simon Foster believes Belmont Park is the ideal launching pad for the return of Big Caroline in the Westspeed 3YO Handicap (1400m) on Saturday.
The Blackfriars filly produced several impressive performances as a juvenile including a half-length second to Jezpark in the Supremacy Stakes (1100m)
She also made up good ground when running on from 10th to be placed fifth and 1 ½ lengths from Hobart Jones in the Karrakatta Plate (1200m).
A minor setback forced her to miss the Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) that was won in stunning fashion and at huge odds by her stable mate Prentice.
Foster says Big Caroline, who hasn’t raced or trialled since April, had returned a mature horse and would relish her first appearance at Belmont Park.
“She never really handled the corners at Ascot and got lost,” said Foster on Tab radio.
“One she was able to balance and straighten she would let down.
“She has really impressed me this time in and has benefited from the spell.
“She has a real attitude about her which the good horses normally have.
“She has improved a fair bit and I’m excited by what she can do this preparation.
“I think getting back to the bigger Belmont Park surface will help and I’m really happy with her.”
Prentice makes his return after a trial hit out in the Westspeed 3YO Handicap (1200m), but faces a big task with top weight of 59g.
“It’s not ideal and logic says the others have the weight pull,” said Foster.
“But the trial has topped him right off and I’m happy where he is at.
“He is fit and well but I think we will see the best of him over further ground.”
Foster says if Reset’s Mate can get good tempo in the BGC Contracting PTY LTD Handicap (1650m), he expects the gelding to be hitting the line hard.