Simon Miller will present Mosstradamus for his first-up appearance in the Avon River Festival Aug 3 Maiden (1100m) at Northam on Thursday.
The son of Mossman has performed well in two trials and last week in his final hit out scored by three lengths when ridden out over 1000m.
The four-year-old is raced by Peter Bell and his business partner Ray Meadowcroft who have enjoyed feature race success with a number of gallopers in recent years.
Mosstradamus, with the shades going on, from an ideal draw in two and with the services of Pat Carbery, is sure to attract admirers on debut.
Brett Pope will be represented by two entrants but it’s Sequalo System who will command majority attention, despite her non-winning record.
The Chestnut mare has been placed seven times from 13 starts including her return run at Northam on July 19.
The six-year-old settled near last after a slow beginning and was hampered for a run until the 200m post before attacking the line well.
Sequalo System, a creditable second to Gingerman by 2 ¼ lengths, should strip fitter and will be improved by the run.
Third behind Gingerman was stable mate Venetian Queen who lines up from barrier five for jockey Clint Harvey in the www.visitnorthamwa.com.au Maiden (1100m).
That run was the Bearcat mare’s ninth placing from 13 starts and as her record suggests, she rarely runs a bad race but there will have to be an element of trust.
A danger in the event will be Tell Me Nothing who returns after leading for the majority of her race when debuting over 1100m at Northam on July 19.
The Gonski filly, from the stables of Neville Parnham, hung on tenaciously but was swamped by Makin’ A Raquet and My Fascination.
There was very little separating the trio in a bobbing photo finish and if Tell Me Nothing can repeat the performance she must rate as one of the chances.
Colin Webster’s Copper Rocket warmed up for his return in the www.toodyay.com Maiden (1300m) with a solid 1000m Belmont Park trial win on July 23.
The Husson Lightning gelding had two goes in the summer for a 2 ½ length seventh to Amber’s Hero before running on to be placed fifth behind the highly talented Keeper Quiet.
Copper Rocket was back near last and impressed by attacking the line hard after an interrupted passage in the home straight.
Keeper Quiet was subsequently placed a narrow second behind Luke’s Luck in the Group 2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) and Group 3 Sires Produce Stakes (1400m).
Really Sleek may be proving costly to punters but the Kellie Grantham-trained gelding has his hoof well and truly on the till with three seconds and three thirds from seven lifetime starts.
He was desperately unlucky last time out when beaten a nose by In His Hands at Northam, his fourth consecutive placing this time in.
The four-year-old has drawn a decent alley, barrier two, and gets his chance to strike in the www.avondescent.com.au Maiden (1300m).