Tiarnna Robertson is hoping a step-up in journey will help offset Vitalism’s wide draw in the Group 3 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on Saturday.
Robertson was dealt a blow when Vitalism drew barrier 12 in the $200,000 feature, but took some solace with her major rival faring little better.
Hobart Jones, out to make it a feature race double after a brilliant win in the Karrakatta Plate two weeks ago , will jump from gate 13.
Vitalism gained a dream inside run in the Karrakatta Plate but couldn’t repel the finishing power of Hobart Jones and ran a short-neck second.
Lucas Camilleri retains the ride on Vitalism while Ryan Hill reunites with Hobart Jones after missing Perth’s richest race for two-olds due to suspension.
“It’s a shame about the barrier but Hobart Jones and a couple of the other main chances are in a similar position,” said Robertson.
“She will probably have to go further back than anticipated but good horses make their own luck in big races.
“To her advantage will be the 1400m because she was strong to the line in the Karrakatta and will appreciate the extra ground.
“I think in time she is a horse who will get to a mile and 1800m.
“I have a high opinion of the horse and I’m looking forward to her coming back as a three-year-old.”
Robertson says Vitalism has thrived since her Karrakatta Plate placing and had benefited from an uninterrupted preparation.
“Her campaign leading into the Karrakatta Plate was rushed,” said Robertson.
“I wanted a trial before she resumed first-up but she needed to qualify.
“A foot abscess and a seven day back-up into the Karrakatta complicated things.
“For the past two weeks she has been mainly restricted to beach work and is jumping out of her skin.”
Vitalism has been the standout performer for Roberson who is seeking to make her mark as a trainer after receiving her license two years ago.
The daughter of Vital Equine, placed twice from four starts and with $114,400 in stake earnings, has also been a bargain buy for owner Allan McAllister.
“She cost Allan $200 when in foal to Contentious,” said Robertson.
“Some people have all the luck.
“But Alan puts a lot of money into racing and deserves all his success.
“He is a great owner who allows me to train and never places undue pressure on me.”