KAYMAY is up against older and more experienced gallopers tomorrow in the Happy 70th Birthday Ron Sayers Handicap (1600m), which Gingin trainer Sue Olive says does concern her.
“But for me to find out if she is good enough to step up to the black type races, she has to prove herself with the tougher races,’’ she said.
About 5.30pm today Kaymay and Special View shared equal second favouritism behind Downforce.
The Neville Parnham-trained Downforce has had six wins – two at 1600m with the most recent three weeks ago.
But tomorrow the five-year-old gelding will have to lump 58.5kg while Kaymay, who will carry 3.5kg less, is yet to win at this distance.
The three-year-old filly has drawn barrier one for jockey Kyra Yuill.
At her last start, a 1600m handicap on April 23, Kaymay who was bred by Gold Front, finished second.
This pleased Olive as three weeks before on April 2 she had run last in a 1400m handicap after slipping at the start and losing ground.
Olive said her second place on April 23 and with Yuill back in the saddle the filly had regained her confidence.
She said the April 2 race was jockey Lucy Warwick’s first ride on Kaymay and she was not sure what had happened but the filly had never missed the jump before.
“I think her losing momentum and getting unbalanced at the corner cost her the win.
“She has been training well and taking into mind she has had a few runs under her belt now, that always takes the edge off their legs.’’
Kaymay has had two wins – her most recent a 1400m 50 plus handicap on March 23 and the other a 1000m race on March 27 last year.
Olive said Kaymay was definitely suited to 1400m but had also shown she was up to the 1600m.
Sometimes the daughter of Awesome Rock and Dark Queen has tended to lay-in in the straight, which probably cost her in her last race.
“We try and wait for her to straighten after the corner before asking her to let down, last race was unavoidable because of the tempo it was run at, and in saying that the same horse is running again tomorrow and will probably do the same thing again.’’