A potent three-pronged attack on the Burgess Queen Stakes (1400m) has trainer Dan Morton brimming with confidence that his stable can record their first win in the Listed feature.
Morton, who can join his father on the Burgess Queen Stakes honour roll, will saddle up top hopes, Snickerdoodledandy, Kissonallforcheeks and Queen Brown.
Snickerdoodledandy is the $4.80 second favourite behind Magical Dream ($3.80) with Kissonallforcheeks next at $6 and Queen Brown $12.
Morton says Snickerdoodledandy had improved and will strip fitter after her slashing fifth to Magical Dream in the Listed Belgravia Stakes (1200m) two weeks ago.
First-up since recording back-to-back Belmont wins in July, the Snitzel filly was trapped behind a wall of horses in the straight but accelerated strongly late and was beaten just under two lengths.
Snickerdoodledandy has drawn barrier four with in-form jockey, Chris Parnham reclaiming the ride.
“She has tightened up and come forward since that first-up run,” Morton told The Races WA.
“She has a good gate and a jockey that’s in form.
“She goes into the race in a good head space.”
Morton’s big opinion of Kissonallforcheeks will be put to the test in the Burgess Queen Stakes, her first crack in black type company.
The Written Tycoon filly won two on the bounce at the end of her winter campaign in May and picked up from where she left off when she returned on October 17.
Sitting outside of the leader, Kissonallforcheeks sprinted away in the run home to record a winning hat-trick over First Law and Sassy Trader.
Brad Parnham keeps the ride and will start from barrier 12.
Morton is not fussed by the wide draw.
“I don’t think it will affect her, if anything it might help,” Morton said.
“She has gate speed to overcome it.
“She is going really good and I couldn’t be happier with her.
“She is well above average.”
Morton says Queen Brown can bounce back after her unplaced effort in the Belgravia Stakes.
After a top run on second to boom filly Clairvoyance, Queen Brown ran sixth to Magical Dream.
“I think it’s one of those races that didn’t work out,” Morton said.
“She landed closer in running and didn’t get a lot of galloping room.
“We’ll let her find her foot and then get away from the fence when required.”
Queen Brown has drawn barrier three for Shaun O’Donnell.
Morton was reluctant to separate his three runners, but says he goes into the race with the right cattle and it wouldn’t surprise him if any of his trio figured in the finish.
He’s hoping for a change of luck in the Burgess Queen Stakes after previous placings with Sophia’s Secret (2017), Samovare (2016) and Secret Scandal (2017).
Morton’s father Len won the Burgess Queen Stakes with Ask Me Later and Magdalena.