Trainer Meryl Hayley is confident Double Swirl has the class to upset the winning streak of Danzmait when they clash in the $25,000 Carbine Club/Mungrup Stud Classic (1300m) at Broome on Tuesday.
The form sprinters will meet for the first time this season and are certain to attract the support of punters after a series of outstanding victories earlier this campaign.
Bletchley Park mare Double Swirl won by two lengths over 1200m when making her Broome debut on June 16 and impressed again with a 1300m victory at the same venue two weeks later.
Double Swirl’s only blemish was a runner up placing to Zip Code who won by a dominant five length margin over 1300m on July 27.
Danzmait, prepared by Darryn Pateman, stamped her credentials with an easy six length victory over 1300m on June 14 and impressed again a fortnight later with a 1200m victory.
“Double Swirl has been specifically targeted for this race and I’m confident she will do the job for us,” said Hayley.
“She is a quality mare with a brilliant turn-of-foot.
“Danzmait looks the likely leader and I expect Double Swirl to be camped behind before coming over the top.”
Double Swirl, with the services of Nathan Stanley, will get the run of the race from barrier three while Danzmait, to be ridden by Simone Altieri, starts from ten in the field of 11.
Hayley won’t rule out consistent mare Infinity Lass, who two starts back finished strongly behind Danzmait, beaten one length over 1200m.
It was one of four second placings for Infinity Lass who has been a model of consistency in seven starts this campaign.
The five-year-old mare will have track specialist Peter Hall on board and gets her chance to breakthrough from barrier four.
“She is just an honest performer who tries her heart out every time,” said Hayley.
“She is tough and tenacious and will make her presence felt.
“She is more than capable but her pattern of racing may dictate against her.
“She is a get back horse which doesn’t usually suit here at Broome.”
Manorama posted successive minor placings before a last-start sixth of 12 to Atomic Tiger over 1300m.
The Due Sasso four-year-old is searching for her first win from seven starts when tackling the Transconsult Maiden (1200m).
“She had excuses last time out after racing wide throughout,” said Hayley.
“She has done a good job at her first preparation and I’m hoping to stretch her out for one more time.”
Hayley expects improvement from Cool Eyes in the Broome Toyota Handicap (1600m) after a disappointing performance last fortnight.
The seven-year-old, coming off consecutive seconds, was near last and 20 lengths from Neufchatell when contesting a 1600m event.
“Put a line through the run as I can’t explain what happened,” said Hayley.
“On previous efforts it was a run out of character.
“He seems fine and I expect him to bounce back and improve.”