Trainer Chris Willis is under no illusions how big a job his brave filly Ping Me Another has in front of her in Saturday’s Listed Belmont Oaks (2000m).
Once again, the Musket filly will present one of the main threats to a star three-year-old donning the famous cerise and white colours of owner-breeders Bob and Sandra Peters.
She played that same role in the WA Derby and WA Oaks during the autumn.
Mystery Miss took out the Listed Belmont Guineas (1600m) last start and is a raging $1.16 favourite with TABtouch.
Ping Me Another could only manage a 10th placing in that Belmont Guineas and is a $10 chance with TABtouch.
Peter Knuckey has the ride on Ping Me Another for the second time, having ridden her for the first time last start.
Despite the unplaced effort in the Guineas, Willis still takes plenty of confidence with Ping Me Another in to this week’s staying event, given she finished second and third behind Dark Choice and Regal Power in the WA Oaks and WA Derby respectively.
“She wasn’t at her best first-up over the mile,” Willis told TABradio.
“Her work has been good this week.
“Peter had a feel the other day, so he’s done his homework.”
Willis said he expected Ping Me Another would settle in a prominent position from barrier one.
“I dare say we will go forward,” he said.
“We should be in the box seat, hopefully, if not leading.”
Meanwhile, Emma Stent is hopeful Forgotten Star can deliver her one of her greatest thrills in the saddle, when she rides the Star Witness filly in the $100,000 feature from barrier seven.
“She tries her heart out and she will do that again on Saturday,” Stent told The Races WA.
“She’s drawn a bit awkward, but she will slot in somewhere.
“Hopefully the 2000m will suit her.”
True Attraction is a dominant TABtouch $1.10 favourite in the day’s other feature; the Listed Aquanita Stakes (2000m) for the three-year-old colts and geldings.