Trainer Simon Miller’s Ascot carnival stocks received a lift when Dance Music and Flirtini scored impressive trial wins at Lark Hill on Monday.
Dance Music, who boasts six wins from seven starts, was having her second public outing since winning both her races in the autumn.
Ridden by Chloe Azzopardi, the War Chant mare cruised to the lead and was unextended in winning heat five in 56.68sec for the 950m
Miller said Dance Music was likely to launch her Ascot campaign in the Crawford Stakes (1000m) on October 19.
“They were both pretty good,” Miller told The Races WA.
“Happy to have both back and progressing nicely.
“I would say she (Dance Music) goes into the Crawford Stakes, but there is a 1200 hundred on the same day ratings race.
“I will just see how she comes through this and pick which way we go.
“But definitely the Crawford is on the horizon definitely.
“She will progress to a Winterbottom (1200m) campaign.”
Flirtini shaded Dance Music when she ran heat five in 55.96sec, the fastest 950m trial of the morning.
With Azzopardi aboard, the four-year-old surged strongly from behind the three horse trial and bolted in by four lengths.
Flirtini has not raced since she faded to finish 9th behind Mystery Miss in the Listed Belmont Guineas (1600m) in June.
Miller said the daughter of Artie Schiller will be restricted to short course sprints.
“She didn’t appear to be going as quickly as the time suggests, but is probably a reflection of how good she is going at home,” Miller said.
“She is on a Winterbottom campaign.
“It’s always nice to see if they can get a mile because everyone has the Railway in the back of their mind.
“She is that effective at sprinting and keeping her at a short course.
“She is in for a great campaign.”