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Promising New Zealand-bred mare Miss Mucho will reappear after a 15-week absence when she begins from the No. 5 barrier in the 2130m Perth Now Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
She possesses sparkling gate speed and can also sprint home with a brilliant burst, and with Ryan Warwick in the sulky she looks hard to beat at her third start in Australia for leading trainers Greg and Skye Bond.
Miss Mucho made a successful Australian debut when she had a tough run in the breeze before defeating Stormyskyes over 2100m at Bunbury’s Donaldson Park in September. But she disappointed at her next outing, at Gloucester Park on October 1 when she began speedily from barrier five, raced without cover and wilted to finish a distant sixth behind Delightfull.
She showed splendid ability at winning easily at her final two starts in New Zealand last June. In a 2600m event restricted to junior drivers at Addington on June 11 she began like a gazelle from barrier six, dashed straight to the front and then took a sit after 450m before bursting to the front on the home turn and sprinting the final 400m in 27.4sec. to win by five and a half lengths from Suzie Rocks, rating 1.58.3.
Eight days after that Miss Mucho started from the outside barrier in a field of six in a 2200m event at Invercargill when she settled down in last place, eight lengths behind the leader Dachy before making a fast move into the breeze after 800m.
She then raced without cover for almost 1000m before getting to the front 350m from home and winning by two and a half lengths from three-year-old Sportswriter filly Boudica.
Her chief rivals on Friday night are expected to be talented six-year-old Sheez Our Hope, a winner at seven of her 16 starts, who will start from the No. 7 barrier, the consistent Newsy, a stablemate of Miss Mucho who is the lone runner on the back line, and Miss Eerie, an easy all-the-way Gloucester Park winner on Tuesday of last week who is favourably drawn at barrier two.