Trainer Matt Laurie has the knack of extracting the best from the progeny of Il Diamante.
The mare has had two runners to race, Algadon Miss, the winner of three races, and Prince Of Sussex who has two wins from three outings.
Unfortunately for Laurie, Prince Of Sussex has been sold to Hong Kong after his win in The Showdown at Caulfield last month while Algadon Miss returns from a break in Saturday’s QMS Media Handicap (1100m) at Caulfield.
Laurie says the two horses are like chalk and cheese.
“Prince Of Sussex trialled up well but his training through the week was OK without being super impressive while she works up strong every time she gallops,” Laurie said.
“We have to ensure she doesn’t do too much and hope she brings it out on race-day, which she’s done so far.
“She’d fit inside Prince Of Sussex, she’s such a little thing, but she’s honest with a real competitive attitude.”
After starting out with trainer Shane Bottomly, Algadon Miss is unbeaten in three starts for Laurie, winning twice at Moonee Valley in February.
Saturday’s race will be the first time Algadon Miss has been tried beyond 1000m.
“Had there been a 1000-metre race to choose from I would have naturally gone to that, but this was all that was available,” Laurie said.
“I think it will be fine. She’s been well prepared for it so I think with the right run, produced at the right time, there shouldn’t be an issue.
“She trialled well at Cranbourne and she’s had another jump-out at Balnarring since.
“We gave her a break and thought we could come back and catch a little black type race, but it didn’t unfold like that.
“We can now get a bit more racing into her before the end of her three-year-old year.”
Laurie will travel to Brisbane to see Moonlover contest Saturday’s Listed Helen Coughlan Stakes at Doomben.
“She is a black-type winner so if she can secure some more it might increase her value as a broodmare,” Laurie said.
“She looks like she’s come back as the horse we know, so we’ve taken the plunge.”