OWNER Sue Olive from Gold Front Thoroughbreds in Breera will be at Ascot tomorrow to watch her filly Snickerdoodledandy race in the Tabtouch-Burgess Queen Stakes (1400m).
Trained by Dan Morton Snickerdoodledandy is the second favourite behind Magical Dream.
The three-year-old filly has drawn barrier 4 and jockey Chris Parnham has the ride.
Olive said as Snickerdoodledandy was not trained at Gold Front she did not get to see her often but she was very confident about her performance tomorrow.
“She’s got a good jockey on her and I think she can bring it home,’’ she said.
“She’s very strong and has drawn a good barrier.
“Dan said she pulled up a treat after the Belgravia Stakes.’’
In the 1200m Listed race on October 24 Snickerdoodledandy was held up for much of it but once she got some space she finished strongly – less than two lengths behind the winner Magical Dream.
Morton said there were six or more very capable runners in tomorrow’s race but Chris Parnham had had the choice of a lot of good horses in the race including Bob Peters’ and picked Snickerdoodledandy, which had given him a vote of confidence.
Meanwhile, Muchea trainer Alan Mathews hopes a good barrier in an easier race will benefit Cornflower in the Tabtouch-Better Your Bet Handicap (1500m).
Mathews said Cornflower, who finished eighth in a field on nine in a 1800m handicap on October 24, wasn’t quite up to that race.
“The 1800m might have been too far for her at this stage,’’ he said.
He said he had not planned on racing her for another week and was going to wait for a Bunbury race but had opted for the 1500m at Ascot on Melbourne Cup Day where she will carry 56.5 kg and jump from barrier two.
In previous starts Cornflower was first in a 1600m race at Northam on October 4 and then second in another 1600m race on Wednesday, October 14 at Ascot.
Tell Me Lies is a horse Mathews has had since she was a yearling.
The three-year-old Trade Fair and Amazingtale filly will have her first start in the first race of the day – the Run And Eat A Kebab Handicap (1000m).
“She’s a nice enough horse – I hope she goes on with it but she has a lot to learn,’’ he said.
As she will be in a small field of six runners he is not sure how it will be run so she could go back or go forward.