Trainer Neville Parnham is weighing up a change of plans for his star filly Kay Cee.
After impressing in a Belmont trial on Monday, Parnham is set to unveil Kay Cee earlier than he had expected.
Parnham planned on giving Kay Cee another trial ahead of a return in next month’s Belmont Guineas (1600m), but has revised his plans.
Kay Cee signalled she was on track for an earlier return with a brilliant trial win, rounding the field from last with an explosive turn of foot.
Running down the leaders over 1000m, Kay Cee had her first official hit out since last year’s breakout Ascot summer carnival.
In a devastating spell she won the Listed Burgess Queen Stakes (1400m) in November and the Kingston Town Classic (1800m) a month later.
Parnham is keen to have her back at the races and was excited by what she produced in her trial.
“She went terrific and you don’t see too many horses come from behind like that in a 1000m sprint at Belmont,” Parnham told The Races WA.
“She was able to run on late and glided to the line, it was a pleasing effort.
“I’m now looking at the Raconteur Stakes, it’s a set weights and penalty race over 1400m at Belmont.
“There is a very good chance that she will have a start in that race and then into the Belmont Guineas.
“If all goes well she might go to the Belmont Oaks, but I’m not certain of stretching her out over 2000m.
“Her winter campaign is to tick her over and keep her interest up before she comes back later in the year for the Ascot carnival.”
Lasting Impact and Indian Pacific also impressed Parnham after wins in heats three and six respectively.
Indian Pacific, a Zoustar gelding, showed speed to lead and stretched out to win by a comfortable two lengths.
The three-year-old is coming off an impressive maiden campaign that netted him two wins and a third from three starts.
“He is a talented horse who has natural speed over a short-course,” Parnham said.
“He has pulled up pretty good and is ready to go the races.
“He’s had the benefit of a couple of good gallops on the Ascot grass.
“He’s not far away from resuming.”
Unraced two-year-old Lasting Impact is close to her debut after she completed her second trial well.
Flashing potential she fought on late to outpoint Bragwell in a tight finish.
“I have a lot of time for her,” Parnham said.
“I might give her a start by the way she trialled, but I would also be happy to give her time and come back as a three-year-old.”
Meanwhile Bob Peters can now target a return for the much-hyped Windstorm after he swooped late take out heat 19.
The Redoute’s Choice three-year-old is unbeaten from two career starts and is on the comeback trail after a stomach complaint scuppered Ascot carnival ambitions last year.
Windstorm has not raced since his jaw-dropping victory at Ascot last October when he charged to the line from the tail of the field.
“There is a handicap race for three-year-olds in three weeks,” Peters said.
“The Belmont Guineas might come around a bit too soon.
“We’ll worry about that after his first run.”