Helen Harding believes a step-up in journey and a change in racing pattern has been instrumental in Little Miss Business returning to peak form.
Little Miss Business ended a losing sequence of 20 when she led all the way for a comfortable 2 ¼ length victory over the mile a fortnight back.
She produced a similar front-running performance at her previous outing before being claimed by Class To Go by a nose margin.
Harding believes Little Miss Business is racing in good enough form to warrant serious thought in this afternoon’s Kleenwest Distributors Handicap (1600m).
“She is going really well at the moment and I expect her to go close,” Harding said.
“The extra distance and racing in front appears to suit.
“Since a barrier mishap four starts back she has been racing consistently and hasn’t put in a bad race.”
Poppies For Spring, formerly trained by Sharon Taylor at Lark Hill, impressed at her first Esperance outing on February 4, when she demolished the field by 4 ¾ lengths.
The Oratorio filly, one of four winners on the programme for apprentice jockey Aaron Rogers, bounded out of the gates and gave her rivals little chance of bridging the gap.
She returns for the Lucky Roe Snack Bar Handicap over 1200m.
“Full credit must go to Sharon (Taylor) who did a lot of work with the horse and presented her in great order,” Harding said.
“I was reasonably confident of a forward showing but the ease of the win surprised me.
“Today’s race is tougher and the wide draw and better class of opposition will present a major challenge.
“But there has been nothing wrong with her work since.”
Eden Park and Key Miss will once again battle it out in the RSM Bird Cameron Handicap (2000m).
The pair fought out a tight tussle last time out with Eden Park getting the nod by a neck margin.
Harding, who prepares Eden Park, is expecting another torrid affair.
“Eden Park did well to fight back after being headed,” Harding said.
“He has a tendency to lay outwards and if he went in a straight line he would have won by two lengths.
“The blinkers will go back on.
“Key Miss with a senior rider in Shaun Meeres will again be hard to toss.”
Inform trainer Stephen Land expects a favourable barrier draw to aid Golden Nediym in the Sharpe Brothers Handicap (1400m).
A fortnight back the gelding drew the extreme outside gate in barrier 13 before rattling home from the back of the field to finish a narrow second to Hi Dollie.
“It was a super run and I have a bit of time for him from barrier three,” said Land.
Land also has high hopes for stable mates Honour Of Denmark, who will lock horns with form galloper Let’s Go secret in the South East Petroleum Handicap (1200m), and Shameless Hussy who meets Poppies For Spring in the last.
“Honour Of Denmark is starting to hit his straps, but obviously Let’s Go Secret will be hard to beat in a tough race,” Land said.
“And Shameless Hussy will be better over the 1200m journey,”