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Promising, lightly-raced five-year-old Alta Louisa has enjoyed a beneficial respite from racing and is poised to perform strongly at her first appearance after a 12-week break when she contests the Vale Rex Twogood The Johnson final for mares at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

A winner at eight of her 20 starts, Alta Louisa will be driven by her trainer Justin Prentice from an awkward barrier at No. 7 in the 2130m group 3 feature event.

She was unplaced at her final five starts at her latest campaign when she began from wide barriers (No. 5 twice, No. 6 once, No. 7 once and No. 9 once) when racing against the State’s best mares, including Balcatherine, Savvy Bromac and Born To Boogie.

“She raced in the major events for mares during her previous campaign,” said Prentice. “She never really had a good barrier draw, and she hasn’t got a good draw on Friday, either.

“She has had only a short break. I gave her a bit of a freshen up more than anything. I’m really happy with her at home and I think she will run a good race. I’m not a hundred per cent sure of tactics; she’s pretty versatile and I think her high speed is her best asset.

“Blissfullabbey (barrier one) and Vivere Damore (two) probably will want to lead, and as long as there is a bit of speed early, we should be thereabouts.”

Blissfullabbey, prepared by Port Kennedy trainer Chris Willis, will be driven by Kyle Harper, who replaces the suspended Aiden de Campo. Blissfullabbey relishes a pacemaking role and Harper will be anxious to use her gate speed to advantage.

Three starts ago Blissfullabbey led from barrier one and won from Miss Mucho and Bettor Get It On over 2130m. She raced in sixth place, three back on the pegs, before finishing solidly along the inside to be a splendid third behind Savvy Bromac and My Prayer last Friday night.

Byford trainer Peter Tilbrook has engaged Michael Blakemore to drive Vivere Damore for the first time. Vivere Damore is an excellent frontrunner and she impressed last Friday week when, at her first appearance for two months, she set the pace and finished a head second to Al Guerrero at a 1.56.3 rate over 2130m.

Vivere Damore has a losing sequence of 15, stretching back to December 2020 when she led from the No. 2 barrier and won the group 2 Christmas Gift from the brilliant Patronus Star.

Friday night’s event appears to be an extremely open affair. It includes recent winners Blissfullabbey, Angel In White, Suing You, Captured Delight, Sameplace Sametime and Aly Shar, all of whom will have admirers.

The Dylan Egerton-Green-trained and driven Purest Silk has not won for 22 months. But she is capable of a bold showing from the No. 6 barrier, following encouraging seconds behind Miss Eerie and Suing You in recent weeks.