Kembla Grange trainer Kerry Parker had to travel to find the right race for Our Girl Hollie first-up at Moruya but he believes she can continue the winning roll at home on Thursday.
It took a frustrating 11 starts for the Makfi mare to break her duck, including six placings and she had paid for consistency.
“I was looking for maiden to start her off in but she was getting 60kg plus at Canberra and other places, so I waited for a set weights maiden and she got the job done,” Parker said.
“It was good because she beat one of Godolphin’s that was looking for the same sort of race, which you are not expecting to run into at Moruya. She has confidence out of that win and I think she will be better at 1200m.”
The good news for Our Girl Hollie ($19 on TAB fixed odds) in the Marco Polo Aged Care Services fillies and mares class 1 Handicap is that she drops 55kg.
“It looks a pretty strong race but she is maturing and is stronger in herself now. I think she is probably up to being a city-class horse and we will find out a bit more about her on Thursday,” Parker said.
He will also saddle up Brad The Lad ($11) in Thursday’s Wollamai Point class 2 Handicap, which seems a bit of homebody.
“There is definitely two of him,” Parker said. “I took him to Canberra first-up and thought he would just win and he didn’t fire a shot.
“We came home and he ran second and then took him to Moruya and he didn’t want to be there again. Hopefully being at Kembla he will run a good race again, but it is hard to be confident with him.”
The Kembla stable also takes the promising stayer Dark Dream, last start runner-up in the South Pacific Classic, to Brisbane on the Derby path on Saturday.
“It is his first time away from home and it will be interesting how he goes in the Gunsynd Classic on Saturday,” Parker said.