Leading trainer Peter Moody is expecting one-time two-year-old star One Last Dance to produce an improved showing in Saturday’s Group 3 2012 Bobbie Lewis Quality at Flemington.
After winning three consecutive races including twice at stakes level as a juvenile, the daughter of Encosta De Lago had 18 months out with niggling injuries before returning to racing in August.
The four-year-old began her campaign with a last-place finish in the Harvey Sprint (1000m) before improving to finish seventh and within two lengths of winner Broken in the Listed Carlyon Stakes.
Moody said the lightly-raced mare was improving gradually and is predicting she will give a far better account in her third-up test tomorrow.
“She can improve dramatically, she’s working super and just taking a while to get fit,” the Caulfield-based trainer said.
It will be the first time One Last Dance has tackled the Flemington straight with all her previous runs taking place at either Moonee Valley and Caulfield.
The four-year-old is rated a $26.00 contender amongst a quality 19-horse field that also features fellowMoody-trained runner Blackie ($31.00).
The New Zealand-bred gelding is having his first start since joining the Moody stable who admits he is still figuring the horse out.
“Still working him out, he seems a nice old horse,” Moody said.
“He’s never been up the straight but I’d expect him to run well.”
The son of Black Minnaloushe was won four of nine starts including the Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes in March last year.
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