Sarah Childs can understand if punters are wary but she has cautioned them not to dismiss Sunday Gamble in the Mitchell & Brown Handicap (1113m) at Geraldton on Thursday.
Sunday Gamble commenced a short-price favourite at Geraldton two weeks ago but left supporters floundering when he finished last and 15 lengths from Confucius.
The Heritage gelding didn’t handle the step up to 1400m and over raced in the early and middle stages before laying in when tiring in the home straight.
Sunday Gamble attracted support after an a stylish front-running victory at Geraldton and a sound fourth to Tre Amici when racing first-up this campaign at Northam.
The David Harrison-trained Tre Amici consolidated the form line when he progressed to defeat Wild Ruby and run second to Woolibar at Ascot.
In form jockey Mark Forder replaces the suspended Robert Markou on Sunday Gamble and in a capacity field of 12 he has drawn well in gate six.
Childs believes a drop back in distance will favour Sunday Gamble and says with luck in running the four-year-old can get back on good term with punters.
“I thought he would have gone better than he did but he didn’t run out the 1400m,” said Childs.
“I tried to extend him but I will put away that idea until at least his next preparation.
“He choked down in running and never settled at any stage.
“He is a progressive type and I can’t see why he won’t stand up and bounce back.
“Without being too over confident there is nothing in the race that really worries me.”
Drawn in barrier one is Our Mantle, one of three runners for Lark Hill trainer, Vaughn Sigley.
The five-year-old garners respect after he was placed two lengths fifth behind Sheeza Scandal and Very Special over 1100m at Ascot last month.
Stable mates Warringah Blues will tackle the Max Ramsay Memorial Maiden (1313m) and Sound Effects the Midwest Times Handicap (1618m) respectively.
Meanwhile Simon Foster rates My Ava is the best of his five runners at Bunbury’s Friday meeting.
The Al Maher mare produced her best run this campaign when second to Miss Cyclonic over 1420m at Bunbury on December 3.
“She raced really well against a nice horse,” said Foster.
“If she can repeat that run she is the pick of my horses.”
My Ava, to be ridden by Jerry Noske, has drawn gate six in the Rural Focus-Radio West Maiden (1410m).