Connections of former Group 1 performing mare Pane In The Glass are hoping for a form return from the now four-year-old when she races first-up in the 2012 Show County Quality at Warwick Farm on Saturday.
The daughter of Testa Rossa was one of the spruik juveniles during her two-year-old campaign in 2010-11 winning her opening three starts on the trot.
She didn’t disappoint when stepped up to Group company either recording four top three finishes during last year’s Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival including a third to Helmet in the Group 1 Inglis Sires produce Stakes (1400m) and close second to Helmet again this time in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) in the mud.
Her spring campaign that year started well with a first-up win at Warwick Farm in the Group 3 Silver Shadow Stakes, however Pane In The Glass has failed to win a race since.
The spring finished on a sour note with two seventh place finishes behind boom fillies Streama (Flight Stakes) and Atlantic Jewel (Wakeful Stakes).
Things weren’t any better this autumn with Pane In The Glass running a dismal first-up 14th beating home just one other runner in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes (1200m) in February before her dead last finish at her most recent run when sixth to surprise NSW Horse of the Year Streama in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m) on March 10.
Pane In The Glass races for the first time since then on Saturday when she takes on a decent field in the $100,000 Listed Show County Quality (1200m).
“She just didn’t come up in the autumn,” Patinack Farm racing manager Robyn Hartney said.
“With these fillies and mares you’ve just got to spell them, give them a good break and start again.
“This will be the preparation that determines what we do next with her.
“If she is at her best on Saturday she would definitely be a chance and there looks to be some good speed in the race.”
Due to jump from barrier seven of nine with Glyn Schofield in the saddle, Pane In The Glass’s poor recent form has seen her installed as an $18 outsider in the latest Show County Quality odds at bookmaker.com.au.
Markets are firmly led by Peter Moody’s boom four-year-old Moment Of Change ($2.15) with the next shortest-priced hopefuls being the Gary Portelli-trained Somepin Anypin ($5.50) and Joe Pride’s consistent six-year-old Title ($6.50).
Pane In The Glass will also be joined in the Show County Quality field by stablemate the fellow John Thompson-trained Rumour And Scandal, a Brenton Avdulla mount drawn nicely in barrier four.
The Elusive Quality six-year-old showed a good glimpse of form last time out on August 11 when finishing less than half a length away third to Hardbreak Hotel in a 1100m Benchmark 80 at Warwick Farm, an effort Hartney hopes they can repeat as a $21 roughie on Saturday.
“His last two runs since we’ve started riding him quieter have been unbelievable,” she said.
“He took off before the turn last start and was shaking hands with the bloke on the outside fence and he was only just beaten.
“It’s a big step up but his last two runs have been great.”
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