Melbourne trainer Henry Dwyer will weigh up whether to send in-form Tropezina to Sydney for the rich Inglis Sprint or keep her at home to chase black-type in the Group Three Kevin Hayes Stakes.
Tropezina is an acceptor for Saturday’s $1 million Inglis Sprint (1100m) for three-year-olds at Warwick Farm and has drawn barrier seven in a capacity field.
She also holds a nomination for Saturday’s Kevin Hayes (1200m) for three-year-old fillies at Caulfield with acceptances to be taken on Wednesday.
Dwyer said he would weigh up both options after acceptances.
The prize money of the Sydney race and the 1100m is attractive but there is no black-type status attached.
And Dwyer believes it would also be another step up for Tropezina from her recent starts.
The Kevin Hayes is a stakes race but Tropezina would have to stretch out to 1200m and carry a weight penalty under the set weights plus penalties conditions.
“There’s plenty to weigh up,” Dwyer said.
Tropezina has won a 1000m maiden at Mornington, a 1000m benchmark 70 for fillies at Caulfield and the 1100m Inglis Dash at Flemington in her three starts this campaign.
“We didn’t think at the start of the preparation we would get a really long preparation out of her,” Dwyer said.
“She got fit pretty quickly but she has held her condition better than I thought she would.
“Still, after her last run (Jan 19) we thought it prudent to send her down to the farm (St Leonards) and she just had 10 days down there in the paddock and going to the beach.
“She’s been back at Caulfield for five or six days. She had a nice easy gallop the reverse way on Saturday morning and then she worked the reverse way on the inside grass this morning and worked very well.
“She handled that way of going pretty well so I’ve got no fears of going to Sydney .”