Lancelin-based trainer Ashely Maley looks to have three standouts at Carnarvon’s season-opening meeting on Saturday.
Luck’s Elusive, Via Ring A Rah and Musketalife hold strong appeal but Maley expresses a note of caution to punters.
Luck’s Elusive hasn’t raced for a month but Maley is banking on class to overcome any fitness concern.
Via Ring A Rah posted an outstanding maiden win at Geraldton but has to back it up against a serious rival.
Musketalife was a previous winner at Mingenew but could be vulnerable off a 42 day spell and wide draw.
Luke’s Luck, from a Listed feature at Ascot, will relish a class drop in the Kingsford Bakery Handicap (1400m).
The Elusive Quality mare is poised to atone after trailing the field by 23 lengths in the Matchmaker Classic (1400m).
“It was the slowest she has ever run but she is much better than that,” said Maley.
“She was battling to overcome a virus which took its toll.
“I really believe she would have killed that field if right.
“My only concern is the gap between runs.
“If she was fitter I would declare her a moral.”
Maley is excited about the future fortunes of Via Ring A Rah who could not have been any more impressive at Geraldton last month.
The four-year-old shed her maiden tag in emphatic fashion, kicking clear to defeat her nearest rival, Steve, by a dominant 4 ¼ lengths.
A repeat performance and Via Ring A Rah could take some beating in the Gascoyne Essential Services Handicap (1200m).
“I think she is a nice horse with a bit of a future,” said Maley.
“I wasn’t surprised by her win or the margin.
“If she handles the going I think she is the best horse.
“But Madica’s Pleasure has been in good form and is unlucky not to have won.”
Madica’s Pleasure, prepared by Geraldton’s Leading Trainer, Tony Scally, has finished no further back than fifth in seven starts this campaign.
The six-year-old has been placed on four occasions and was unlucky last-start when caught wide throughout before a half-length second to Sandgroper.
Maley believes fitness could be the biggest enemy of Musketalife who resumes in the Avis Carnarvon Handicap (1200m).
Drawn awkwardly in barrier ten, the Musket filly comes in with winning form after success at Mingenew in March.
“She has got the ability but it’s been a while between runs and she hasn’t had a lot of galloping,” said Maley.
“This is a warm up before Broome and there has to be a fitness query.”
RWWA; Julio Santarelli