TRAINER Alan Mathews of Muchea won’t be surprised if She’s Alight wins against her more fancied opposition in the Agent Fresh – Starstruck Classic (1600m) at Ascot tomorrow.
Mathews said she had raced against them in the Jungle Dawn Classic two weeks ago and beaten them so why couldn’t she do it again.
He said the first time the favourite, the Lindsey Smith-trained Chantrea, had been beaten in a race was by She’s Alight in the Jungle Dawn Classic.
“(Chantrea) had her wins through the winter in a bit easier company,’’ he said.
She’s Alight to be ridden by jockey Patrick Carbery will carry 56.5kg compared with Chantrea (57.5kg) and the second favourite Dance Music (58.5kg).
Jockey William Pike retains the ride on Chantrea.
The five-year-old She’s Alight has won at 1600m and so has Dance Music while four of Chantrea’s six wins have been 1700m or above including one each at 2000m and 2200m.
She’s Alight’s seven wins include the one 1600m race and three 1400m races.
Dance Music to be ridden by jockey Brad Parnham was third in the weight for age AJ Scahill (1400m) on December 5.
Five-year-old Dance Music has had nine wins including one each at 1400m, 1500m and 1600m.
Mathews said he had been a little disappointed with Celtic Diva’s performance in the Amelia Park Handicap (2200m) on December 5 where she finished 13th in a field of 16.
He said as a stayer she had taken a couple of runs to come right.
“But she didn’t run too good the other day.
“There was a little problem but we think we’ve got on top of it.
“We changed her shoeing and it didn’t seem to suit her.
“It shouldn’t have bothered her but it did.’’
Tomorrow Celtic Diva has drawn barrier three in the Crown Sports Bar Handicap (2200m)