Wyong trainer Tracey Bartley has won three races with his past four runners and is confident unbeaten filly In Good Time can maintain his stable's winning momentum when she lines up at Port Macquarie on Friday.
In Good Time, a three-year-old daughter of Time Thief, is progressing nicely and has compiled three wins from as many starts. She won on debut in a Dubbo Maiden (1000m) on November 4 then scored in a Class 1 (1100m) at Wellington on November 20.
She then had a break before resuming to complete a winning hat-trick in a Benchmark 57 Hcp (1000m) at Port Macquarie on March 31 and returns to Port Macquarie on Friday to tackle a Class 3 over 1000m.
Bartley has booked talented apprentice Chris Williams who will claim 1.5kg.
"She's not a very big filly and doesn't show much at trackwork, but she's done a good job on the racetrack so far and I think she can keep on improving," said Bartley.
"And I think she's beautifully placed in Friday's race with Chris's claim and looks very hard to beat again.
"I think she can eventually measure up to midweek class in Sydney. There's actually a suitable Benchmark 70 coming up next Wednesday on the Kensington, but the country prizemoney is so good I think I'll probably keep a Sydney start for later on down the track."
Bartley, best known for his success with his former multiple Group One winner Sniper's Bullet, saddled up three recent winners from his past four runners - Mr Plow at Hawkesbury on April 5 and Tears In Heaven and In Good Time provided him with a double at Port Macquarie on March 31. He is particularly upbeat about Mr Plow's potential.
"I've got a nice group of horses at the moment and I'm particularly impressed with Mr Plow who I think is potentially a very good horse and I'll be nominating him for the Queensland Derby," he said. "At this stage I plan to take Mr Plow, Tears In Heaven and To Excess up to Brisbane for the winter carnival."
Friday's Port Macquarie meeting will be a case of back to 'business as usual' for trainer Jenny Graham and jockey Ben Looker when they combine with two runners. Graham and Looker enjoyed their biggest moment in racing at Randwick last Saturday when they combined to land the $500,000 Country Championships Final with Victorem, providing one of the highlights on the opening day of The Championships.
Friday's Port Macquarie meeting will be a far cry from the excitement of last Saturday, but the Graham-Looker combination can certainly continue that winning association. The Port Macquarie-based trainer has two runners at the meeting - Let's Rebelle in race four, the Maiden Plate (1206m), and I Wanna Be A Jeep in the sixth event, the Open Hcp over 1506m.
Let's Rebelle isn't far off a win after producing solid performances at her first two starts. She made her debut at Port Macquarie on March 2 with a close second in a F&M Maiden over 1206m then was second again in another F&M Maiden (1100m) at the same track on March 31.
I Wanna Be A Jeep ran an uncharacteristically disappointing race at Gosford last time out on March 17 but his previous form was consistent and he looks one of the hardest to beat over the 1506m on his home track.
Newcastle trainer Ben Smith, who also garnered his share of the headlines at Randwick last Saturday after El Dorado Dreaming's shock Inglis Sires' win, has a couple of good chances at Port Macquarie with Golly Miss Solly (race three) and Libertine Miss (race five).
Golly Miss Solly, winner of three of her five starts, looks hard to beat when she resumes in the Benchmark 67 (1206m). Libertine Miss is also resuming in the Class 3 Hcp over (1006m).