The best confidence booster any stable can have is winning and at the moment trainer Wayne Carroll is riding the highs.
Carroll will saddle up three starters at Gundagai on Thursday with two of those, Belhussey and Taraahse, right in contention on recent efforts.
Wagga jockey Brad Clark will ride Taraahse and Carroll’s maiden galloper Strattarosa, while Kayla Nisbet will be aboard Belhussey.
From his last 20 starters, Carroll has prepared five winners and three placings which includes Taraahse’s impressive maiden victory at the Wagga Gold Cup carnival.
Taraahse has raced once since for a solid second behind Arena Queen with subsequent winner, Snippet Of Gold, finishing third.
Carroll is confident it is the right form line to be right in the finish of the Class 2 (1400m).
“She has the right barrier draw, a good turn of foot and she gets the opportunity to run a good race,” he said.
“I think she will keep getting up in distance so the extra 200 metres to the 1400 metres will suit.”
Carroll, his wife Cherie and son Myles share in the ownership of Taraahse and Belhussey with family and friends.
Belhussey has won two of her past three starts and fought on well when fourth after racing wide at Wagga last start.
She has drawn the outside alley which won’t help her chances on the tighter turning track over 1180 metres.
“It will make it tougher for her from the draw, but I think she can still be a major player,” he said.
“She won a couple of non TAB races and did well last start to finish fourth.”
Carroll is one of the trainers to follow at Gundagai along with Luke Pepper who holds the key to the Open Handicap with She Zar and Hill Spy.
She Zar is the early favourite and may fly solo as Hill Spy is also entered at the Sapphire Coast on Sunday.
Pepper will also saddle up fancied runners Lemming and Erins Zar.