Kyria will be out to back up an impressive barrier trial performance when she lines up in Sydney’s first juvenile race of the season at Randwick on Saturday.
The Grahame Begg-trained filly created a big impression when she let down from back in the field at the official two-year-old trials at Canterbury, winning by two lengths in the fastest time of the morning.
She makes her debut in the Listed Gimcrack Stakes (1000m).
“She went well in the trial and she seemed to do it quite naturally,” Begg said.
“One thing about her is that she’s not a jump-and-run type horse, she’ll sit back off them.”
Kyria, to be ridden by Brenton Avdulla, has barrier three in the field of 13 fillies.
Begg said the daughter of Encosta De Lago handled the occasion of the barrier trial session well and was hopeful of a similar outcome on race day.
“She seems to be very professional in the way she handles herself,” the trainer said.
“She went to the trials and behaved herself and did everything right.
“She seemed to do it comfortable enough and took it all in her stride.”
Avdulla, who also rides the Begg-trained Group One winner Secret Admirer in Saturday’s $500,000 Epsom Handicap, said Kyria’s trial didn’t surprise him.
“She’s always shown ability at home, but they can do it at home and not do it on race day so it will be good to see what she does on Saturday,” he said.
“Hopefully she’ll put her best foot forward. She’s a horse that is going to make a nice three-year-old, she’s not your typical two-year-old runner but she just does everything right.”