Sarah Childs is taking a cautious approach with stable newcomer Our Memory Girl in the SCP Plant Hire Handicap (1100m) at Geraldton on Saturday.
Childs is pleased to have the Due Sasso filly join her team but wary of declaring her a good thing with punters after her recent performances.
She went without a win last campaign and departed for Geraldton after finishing ten lengths adrift of Mamaroochy at Ascot in November.
Childs is clinging to Our Memory Girl’s two juvenile wins in Perth when she was under the tutelage of young trainer, Brett Pope.
She showed dash to lead and defeat Tirreno over 1000m and replicated the run over the same journey to hold off Molto Allegro.
Childs said Our Memory Girl, drawn in barrier six for jockey, Robert Markou, had adapted well to her new surroundings.
“I don’t know a lot about her but if she can recapture her form as a two-year-old she will be in the mix,” said Childs.
“Her two wins were strong after she had to do a lot of the bullocking work to find the front and then hang on.
“I’ve kept her happy and mentally fresh with a lot of beach work and at the moment she is in a good head space.
“I’m going into the race with an open mind and if things go her way I expect her to put in a cheeky effort.”
Our Memory Girl meets a field of nine on her return including last start winner, Kentucky Charm.
Dark Tryst has his hoof on the till and can’t be dismissed after consecutive placings.
Meanwhile Stan Bates will back up Somethingaboutdaisy in the Australia Day Race Meeting 25th January Handicap (1300m).
The Balmont mare is on the quick turnaround after posting a fighting maiden win over Milly Star (1200m) at Geraldton last week.
“She was off the bit a long way from home but fought it out well,” said Bates.
“She is still immature but is showing us something.
“She has pulled up well and I see no reason why she can’t go around again.
“My only concern is the 1300m might be a tad short.”
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