Trainer Peter Snowden is confident Moss Trip is set to thrive among emerging talent at Scone and rubberstamp a Queensland winter carnival campaign.
Buoyed by the three-year-old’s first stakes win in the Group Three J H B Carr Stakes (1400m) at Randwick last month, Snowden expects another imposing performance in Saturday’s $400,000 Inglis Guineas (1400m).
“She looks fantastic. She doesn’t look like she wants a spell at all,” he said.
“After her win (in the Carr) I identified Scone straight away. This will determine whether she goes to Brisbane.
“I’m thinking ‘You’re only three once’ and some more black-type up there puts more residual value into her for later on.”
Snowden said 1350m assignments in the Group Three Fred Best Classic, Group Two Dane Ripper Stakes and Group One Tatt’s Tiara were on the wishlist for Moss Trip.
The Inglis Guineas will be Moss Trip’s sixth start this preparation though her runs have been spaced.
Moss Trip led the TAB market on Friday at $2.80 with Villermont, from Ciaron Maher’s Caulfield stable, the $3.50 second elect.
Brenton Avdulla reunites with Moss Trip after Kerrin McEvoy was in the saddle for her last start.
“She’s definitely in good enough form and I don’t think it’s a strong race,” Avdulla said.
Peter Snowden and son Paul, also saddle up Assimilate ($7) in the expectation the colt will bounce back from a flat ninth in the Group Three Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) on April 7.
“He was plain last start so he’s had a short break with this race in mind,” Snowden said.