It’s a rare event for top Perth trainer Jim Taylor to have a presence in Geraldton, so when he does it’s prudent to take notice.
Taylor prepares Keep On Dancin in the Glenn Schofield Painting Service Handicap (1120m) and the Oratorio mare looks well placed.
She won first up at Northam, ran second to Ysmael at Belmont before a last-start third to Magnus Missile at the same track in October.
Up against a small field of six and carrying career low weight of 52kg for Jake Casey, Keep On Dancin could prove hard to hold out.
“I know I have ridden there but it’s been that long I can’t remember if I have actually taken a horse to Geraldton,” said Taylor.
“But with the way the track is shaping I’m certainly looking at taking a few of my team to race there throughout the season.
“Keep On Dancin looks well placed and she has an improved opportunity of earning prizemoney in Geraldton.”
Fleeting Glance can justify Murray Wallace’s faith when she tackles the Midwest Telehandlers Handicap (1320m).
The five-year-old raced on 17 occasions for one win and six placings when under the care of John Bowtell and Grant Williams.
Two thirds behind Soldier’s Lass and Fuchsia Bandana at Ascot in March is a strong guide that she is a mare with talent.
Fuchsia Bandana posted a top maiden feature win in the Group 3 Northerly Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on Saturday.
Wallace says he expects Fleeting Glance to build and strip fitter on her debut Geraldton performance on October 12.
The Haradasun mare settled back but she was doing her best work over the final 200m when fourth and 2 ¼ lengths adrift of Big Clint.
“That was the type of run I was expecting,” said Wallace.
“She went to the line strongly and she has trained on well since.
“There is nothing wrong with her ability and she should be very competitive in Geraldton.
“I’m expecting a bold showing.”
Julio Santarelli: RWWA