Trainer Mark Newnham will split his two-year-old fillies between states with Mrs Maisel staying in Sydney while Panna Cotta has arrived in Brisbane for a stakes race opportunity.
Listed-placed behind the unbeaten Macroura last start, Panna Cotta has been scratched from Rosehill and will get another chance in black-type company in Saturday’s Bill Carter Stakes (1110m) at Doomben.
Newnham has taken a longer-term view in sending Panna Cotta north as he seeks to boost her prize money for future carnivals.
“It builds a good base for the spring and it also allows them to get a bit more prize money so in the springtime she is already qualified for a lot of races,” Newnham said.
“She ran third the other day in a Listed race and she’s still got improvement to come.”
Mrs Maisel is set to fly the flag in the Darley 2YO Handicap (1100m) at Rosehill, although Newnham will have a more in-depth look at the race before making a final decision on a start.
The filly has the outside gate in a field reduced to nine after the scratchings of Panna Cotta and the Chris Waller-trained September Run, who also heads to Brisbane.
“It’s an awkward draw so I will see how she maps. There seems to be a lot of speed drawn wide so I think she’d have to go back to get in,” Newnham said.
Like Newnham, Waller said the chance to earn black-type in Queensland had tempted him north with September Run, an impressive last-start winner at Canterbury.
“She has always shown us promise and I like the way she burst through to win first up,” Waller said.