Last-start Wagga winner, Allez Troienne, gets her chance in a $60,000 Highway Handicap (1400m) at Rosehill on Saturday.
The four-year-old mare is owned by a Sydney syndicate including former Labor leader Mark Latham.
Trainer Gary Colvin said after a two-and-a-half-length win over 1300m (BM55) three weeks ago at the Murrumbidgee Turf Club, they decided to take her to Rosehill.
“She’s won a couple of races and deserves to have a crack at it,” Colvin said.
“It is a pretty strong one. But they put these races on for us, so we’ve got to have a go at it. She’s been finishing off really well so the 1400 should suit her.
“We’ve got a nice draw (barrier three). If we can just get in behind and get her to relax, hopefully she can run like that again.
With the three-kilogram claim of apprentice jockey Brock Ryan, Allez Troienne will carry just 50kg.
Allez Troienne is a $26 chance with TAB fixed odds while another last-start winner at Wagga, Highway Sixtysix is a $3.80 favourite.
The Goulburn filly pipped Colvin’s Tully Toff in last Friday’s $40,000 maiden event at the MTC.
“She’s pretty smart – she beat my horse last time so I’m going back to have a crack at her with another one,” Colvin said.
It was one of three minor placings for the Colvin stable at the meeting.
One of those was Forever Newyork, which ran fourth in a Highway Handicap in June.
While Allez Troienne provided one half of a winning double at Wagga on October 21, the stable has had one winner, three seconds and two thirds in 10 starts this month.
“We’ve been consistent anyway,” Colvin said from Sydney on Friday, after making the trip to Rosehill early with his mare to ensure she settles in.