She’s Alight deserves her start in the Australia Day Trophy

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The Alan Mathews-trained She’s Alight and jockey Patrick Carbery team up again in the Australia Day Trophy (1500m) at Ascot tomorrow. Picture: Anita McInnes

THE Alan Mathews-trained She’s Alight is not one of the favourites in the Australia Day Trophy (1500m) at Ascot tomorrow but she has earned the right to be there.

Mathews said She’s Alight had won a feature race and finished second in another before Christmas so he hoped she stepped up tomorrow.

The Muchea-based trainer said the five-year-old mare was fit and well so they would just have to see if she’d finished her campaign or continued on.

“Stepping up she’s down in the weights and the tempo tomorrow will be different from some of her recent races, which should suit her,’’ he said.

“She’s back down in distance from the 1600m – 1800m to 1500m but there will be more pace on.’’

He said the pace in some of her recent races had been slow so they had been riding more forward as they couldn’t afford to get too far behind.

But tomorrow with leading-type horses such as Bullsbrook trainer Jim Taylor’s Lorentinio and Abdicator the plan was to have her a little further back.

He said Lorentinio and Son Of A God were probably her biggest challenges.

But even though Son Of A God was the short priced favourite he was still going through the grades as well.

On December 5 She’s Alight won the Listed Jungle Dawn (1400m) and then on December 19 was second to Dance Music in the Listed Starstruck Classic (1600m).

In her last start on January 2 she finished sixth in the Group 3 La Trice Classic (1800m).

The daughter of Tavistock and Keep Alight has had seven wins – two at 1200m, one at 1300m, three wins at 1400m and one at 1600m.

Tomorrow she has drawn barrier eight and will carry 54.5kg while Son Of A God, who has been allocated 56kg, will jump from barrier four.

Abdicator will carry 60.5kg – he is one of three horses allocated more than 60kg in the race.

Lorentinio to be ridden by jockey Jason Brown will carry 55.5kg while Red Publisher, who is trained by Ashley Maley of Gingin has drawn barrier six and will carry 55kg.