Simon Miller will unveil another of his promising juveniles when Nobel Image steps out for her debut appearance in the Caltex Plate (1000m) at Ascot on Saturday.
Punters have jumped in to support the Ready’s Image filly, her quote firming from $3 to $2.70 favouritism with the TAB, after an impressive trial win at Lark Hill.
She impressively chased down tearaway leader Swift Platinum and scored by a long-neck, the pair streaking away to finish 16 lengths clear of their next rival.
Nobel Image meets a field of ten rivals with eight making their debut and only Our Time Will Come and Storm Power with race experience.
Our Time Will Come was a winner first up and ran fourth to Spangled Impact on a soft five 5 surface that may not have been to her favour.
Storm Power, from the Gino Manolini team, is getting close after running consecutive second placings from her opening two starts.
The Henny Hughes filly has drawn the second widest gate in the field of ten, but does secure the services of champion jockey, William Pike.
She is the second pick behind Nobel Image at $4.60; Our Time Come, draw in barrier four, is next at $5, while Swift Platinum is rated a $6 hope.
Miller said he was confident Nobel Image, in the hands of Peter Knuckey from gate six, would run a bold race on debut.
“She is a nice filly who has trialled well and has done everything good,” said Miller on Tabradio.
“She has a good brain and a good engine.
“If she takes her trial form into the race she will figure in the finish.
“It was the second fastest time of the day.
“She has gone on with it since and fitness wise she has improved.
“It looks a nice race and starting point for her.
“Just with the practice, extra distance and the shades, she ticks all the right boxes.
“It’s exciting for her.”
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