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Outstanding four-year-old mares Alta Cinderella and Savvy Bromac will clash in the Nova 93.7 Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night, with the rival camps confident of success.
“Alta Cinderella will go forward (from barrier four),” said star reinsman Gary Hall jnr. “She was super last week when she was fairly tractable, which was good.”
Alta Cinderella, who is prepared by Gary Hall snr, notched her ninth win from 15 starts when she set the pace and rated 1.56 in beating Diamond Dove by three lengths last Friday night, and Hall jnr is planning similar tactics this week.
Emily Suvaljko has driven the Nathan Turvey-trained Savvy Bromac as a sit-sprinter at her three runs since resuming from a spell, but Turvey is contemplating a change of tactics, saying: “You never know; we might try to cross (from barrier seven). Savvy is pretty quick out, and I’ll do a bit of homework before determining our tactics.”
Savvy Bromac started from the back line in a 2130m event last Friday week when she raced in fifth position, three back on the pegs. She was eased off the pegs 250m from home before flying home, out wide, to snatch victory from Wainui Creek.
This followed fast-finishing performances at her previous two starts — when fourth behind Born To Boogie and a head second to Delightfull.
“Savvy Bromac seems to go well off a two-week break,” said Turvey. “I’m happy with her, and she’s probably come on a bit better after her last-start win.”
Savvy Bromac, who has had 26 starts for nine wins, nine seconds and two thirds, and Alta Cinderella are both being aimed at the $50,000 Norms Daughter Classic on Friday of next week and the $125,000 Westral Mares Classic two weeks later.
Another quality mare being set for those two feature events is Mandy Joan, who will start out wide at barrier eight in Friday night’s race. She impressed at her most recent outing, three Fridays ago, when she sustained a spirited three-wide burst from ninth at the bell to finish third behind Born To Boogie and Typhoon Banner. She was a fast-finishing winner two starts before that.
“Her past couple of hoppled runs have indicated that she is close to her best, and I’m happy at the way she is tracking towards the two big races for mares,” said trainer-reinsman Aiden de Campo. “I won’t over drive her on Friday night; she will be driven conservatively before running home.”
Other recent winners in My Sweet Deal (barrier five) and Delightfull (barrier six) will have admirers, with their connections anxious for strong showings before the big races.