Ben Pearce admits recent stable addition Shining Time is beginning to test his patience but he is prepared for improvement at Narrogin on Friday.
Pearce and Shining Time’s partnership commenced on a promising note after she scorched home for an eye-catching third behind Calamine at Northam.
Although she bungled the start and gave her rivals at least six lengths on jumping she recovered to run race fastest final 600m in 33.62sec.
But it quickly soured when after getting away to a flying start and being prominently placed she faded to finish 10th of 13 at Bunbury.
Pearce says despite the setback and with a change in work Shining Time is capable of bouncing back in the LR Sims & Co Handicap (1100m).
“I poured the work into her and I think it may have flattened her,” said Pearce.
“She was disappointing but raced a bit dull and didn’t have that expected turn-of-foot.
“I have backed her work off and hope that can bring about an improvement.”
Pearce says When In Roan has shown enough in two starts this preparation to suggest he will be a major player in the Thank You Brock Maiden (1700m).
The Due Sasso gelding, who previously raced with Aaron Morton, ran on to be placed fifth and 2 ½ lengths of Woolibar at Ascot (1200m).
The four-year-old then loomed a winning chance in the straight at Bunbury and in a tight finish ran fourth to Tilly’s Touch, beaten one length.
“He got held up and when he let down I thought he was going to go past them,” said Pearce.
“He is not a sit and sprint horse and needs to get rolling and gather momentum.
“He is going well and in time will get over more ground.
“I think he will be hard to beat.”
Pearce unveils youngster Barter System for her first official outing in the Welcome To The Race Season Maiden (920m).
The Trade Fair filly enters her first up assignment after running a long-head second to Duke Of Razzle in a Lark Hill trial (950m).
“Trade Fair’s can take time and she will probably need the run,” said Pearce.
“I’m keen to see how she goes because her work has been good and she has drawn well.
“I will learn more about after she goes around first-up.”
Meanwhile Pearce says Vampi Lass had recovered well and will push ahead to Saturday week’s Jungle Dawn Classic (1400m).
The Bletchley Park mare ran a gallant sixth to Antique Belle after racing wide throughout in the Jungle Mist Classic (1200m).
And impressive juvenile Chanzig is likely to have one more start before having a short let-up ahead of next year’s two-year-old features.
The son of War Chant displayed an impressive turn of foot when he charged home from near last at Ascot on Saturday.