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An encouraging effort by Bramante Steps at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon was a pointer to the two-year-old filly’s winning prospects in the tenth event at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
The Murray Lindau-trained filly is favourably drawn at barrier No. 2 in the field of ten and she appeals as a sound chance against recent winners Free Wheeling, Queeninthecorner, Follow The Ark and Jay Elle.
Bramante Steps will be handled by Dylan Egerton-Green, who was in the sulky when she finished second to Soho Santorini over 2185m at Pinjarra on Monday. She began speedily from barrier four, raced in the breeze for the first 400m and then gained a perfect trail in the one-out, one-back position before being eased three wide 380m from home. She ran home determinedly and covered the final 800m in 57.1sec., with her last 400m in 27.16sec. being the fastest recorded by any runner at the meeting.
Free Wheeling, to be driven by Aldo Cortopassi for part-owner and trainer Craig Abercromby, will have many admirers. She impressed in chalking up her third win from seven starts when she had a tough run in the breeze before racing away from her rivals in the closing stages to win easily from See The World and Artistic Scribe at Gloucester Park on Wednesday of last week.
Queeninthecorner, prepared by Mike Reed, cannot be overlooked. She is unbeaten, having finished strongly to score narrowly at Bunbury on debut, and then gave a bold frontrunning display to win by two lengths from See The World and Freewheeling over 2130m at Gloucester Park last Friday week. She is capable of overcoming the wide draw at barrier eight.
The Justin Prentice-trained Jay Elle has finished strongly to win at two of her four starts, but she will need a bit of luck to overcome the disadvantage of starting from the outside barrier at No. 9.