Trainer Grant Williams believes an enforced layoff in the autumn may prove to be a blessing in disguise for promising filly, Petrouchka.

Williams is hoping to make up for lost time and believes Petrouchka can add valuable black type to her page when she tackles Saturday’s Listed Belmont Guineas ( 1600m).

“She’s a really nice filly,” Williams said to The Races WA.

“We brought her in for the Oaks and Derby, but in the end went shin sore.

“We had to put her away again, but all in all that’s probably been a blessing.”

After three consecutive placings to kick off her racing journey, Petrouchka broke the shackles in a 1400m Northam maiden two weeks ago.

Sent out a red-hot $1.45 favourite, the More Than Ready filly didn’t let punters down as she stormed home powerfully to score by 2 ½ lengths.

Williams was rapt with her performance and said he can’t fault her ahead of her bid to win the Belmont Guineas.

“At Northam it wasn’t a strong field, but she won it like she should have,” Williams said.

“It would have been perfect to get one more run in her, but it’s about getting black type.

“I’m not sure if it’s going to be a strong race and she’s pulled up good.

“This time she’s eating her head off and her heart rate is spot on.

“She looks like a million dollars.”

Petrouchka has drawn barrier nine and will be ridden by William Pike.

She’s currently rated $7.50 with Tabtouch, Raconteur winner, Brave Spirit the $3.70 favourite.

The Boss Lady is $5 and Luvnwar $6.

The Williams and Pike partnership are bidding for their third Belmont Guineas after going back-to-back with State Prosecutor (2018) and Mystery Miss (2019).

Pike also won on The Underworld (2011) and Tick Tick Bloom (2014) for trainers Chris Gangemi and Adam Durrant respectively.

Julio Santarelli