Almighty Girl will meet more experienced fillies at her introduction to city racing at Flemington but trainer Mitchell Beer says she won’t be out of place on the score of ability.
Beer started his training career last month, in partnership with Max Hinton, and he has already twice enjoyed metropolitan success with Jacqui’s Joy.
The young trainer has high hopes for Almighty Girl who scored a convincing maiden win at Mornington on debut earlier this month.
“She’s the most exciting horse that I’ve had anything to do with and I could certainly see her lining up in some high-quality sprint races in the future,” Beer said.
Almighty Girl travelled wide before putting her rivals away at Mornington to post a 2-1/4 length win.
On Saturday, the daughter of Beneteau will tackle the Andrew Guy Handicap (1100 metres), alongside several fillies who have already been exposed to stakes racing including Heatherly, Alaskan Rose and Claudia Jean.
“It certainly looks like we’ve struck a very good fillies’ race,” Beer said.
“A lot of the fillies she meets have already put some pretty good scores on the board but I would hope that after she has five or six starts, like many of the horses in the field, that her form would certainly replicate theirs.
“She’s still got a hell of a lot to learn so whether inexperience is the difference between her finishing in the money on Saturday or not, we’ll see.
“But from what we’ve seen on the track and the times she can run, I certainly don’t think it will be ability.”
Jacqui’s Joy has returned to work after a short break following back-to-back wins at Caulfield and is being aimed towards a return in the Kewney Stakes.
“She’ll probably have two runs in Melbourne and then head to Brisbane for some races up there,” Beer said.
“They are both really nice three-year-old fillies. Jacqui’s Joy, already being a two-time Saturday winner, warrants running in some black-type races and hopefully after Saturday Almighty Girl is in the same boat.”