Martin Allan is confident Time To Sizzle can repay the faith of punters in the Byron Bay Premium Lager Handicap (1100m) at Ascot on Wednesday.
Time To Sizzle has not raced since her surprising defeat as the red-hot favourite at Bunbury late last year when she blew the start and finished a disappointing seventh.
The speedy three-year-old filly carried the big hopes of supporters after she scored a sizzling 4 ½ length victory at Ascot when she led from barrier to post.
59 days since her Bunbury defeat, Time To Sizzle looked on track for her first-up assignment with a vital trial tune up over 1000m at Belmont on January 20.
She covered ground wide and ran on late before going to the line under a good hold for second.
Time To Sizzle is the $1.85 market-elect to win first-up. The daughter of City Place has drawn barrier three for Chris Parnham and is likely to find the front.
“I can’t see why she can’t salute,” Allan said on Tabradio.
“I’m not too concerned with the break between the trial and the race.
“I think she looks super and I think she has matured.
“She will lead without a doubt.”
Time To Sizzle leads a strong stable attack for Allan with Sauvegarde and He’s A Gunslinger holding solid winning claims.
Allan said Sauvegarde, who pulled hard when leading last-start, is racing well enough and just needs a run with cover in the D’Orsogna Handicap (1200m).
To be ridden by Jade McNaught, she is an $8 TAB chance. The Safeguard filly, a winner of three races this preparation, will start from barrier six.
Allan is expecting a big run from He’s A Gunslinger in the Mr’s Mac Handicap (1200m).
The four-year-old will wear blinkers and drops back in distance after a last-start fourth to Burning Pride over 1705m at Bunbury in January.
“I really like the way he is working,” Allan said.
“I’m pretty confident he will run a massive race today.”
He’s A Gunslinger, a $7.50 prospect, will be in the hands of apprentice Jade McNaught. He has drawn barrier five and carries 57kg with the claim.