Trainer Simon Miller has no doubt he has the horse to continue his remarkable record in the $100,000 Listed Tabtouch Placid Ark Stakes (1200m) at Ascot on Saturday.
Miller holds a dominant record in the Placid Ark Stakes, winning the race four times with Ocean Jewel (2017), Caipirinha (2016), Liberty’s Gem (2014) and Miss Bux (2012).
Miller has pinned his faith on winning a fifth Placid Ark Stakes with Dance Music, a War Chant filly, who has jumped up quickly after winning a Northam maiden in August.
Dance Music confirmed favouritism for the Placid Ark Stakes after a powerful last-start victory when she overcame a wide run throughout to score by just under a length.
She finished ahead of Placid Ark rivals Pablo’s Poem and Cup Night respectively to boost her record to three wins from her four career starts.
Miller, who has representation in five of the six feature races at Ascot, believes Dance Music, is the best of his stable runners.
“It’s been a good race for the stable,” Miller told TABradio.
“We have got the right horse to do it.
“She was dominant the other day, working wide, ran time and quickened.
“She is a good filly going places and her race record suggests that.
“She has drawn a gate and will be very hard to beat.”
Dance Music has drawn barrier three and holds firm $2.20 favouritism. Teenage Melbourne jockey, Ben Allen, takes the ride.
Meanwhile Pat Carbery, an ally of Miller’s when he won the Placid Ark Stakes aboard Miss Bux, turns foe with Cup Night.
Prepared by Bernie Miller, Cup Night showed an electric turn of foot to post an impressive win at Ascot last month.
Carbery is hopeful Cup Night can overcame the widest barrier (11) in the field and turn the tables on Dance Music.
“I couldn’t be happier with how this horse has gone,” Carbery said.
“He has drawn wide, but gets back off them anyway.
“As long as he can get a cart up into the race he should be hitting the line hard.”
Cup Night is quoted a $13 chance.