Two-year-old filly Italy has just one career start to her name as she heads to the $85,000 Surf Meets The Turf Plate (1000m) at Kensington this Saturday but that hasn’t stopped her trainer John O’Shea from already planning possible races during the autumn.
All she needs is a bit more prize money, and with just under $50,000 up for grabs for the winner of Saturday’s race it could be all she needs to make it into better races next season.
“If she wins on Saturday then her prize-money is starting to get up there and we then know she can get into the better races in the autumn,” O’Shea told Racing Network on Thursday.
“That’s half the battle with these two-year-olds, you have to accrue some prize-money so you know you can get into the good races down the track,” he added.
Italy won her one and only barrier trial on October 27 before making her debut at Randwick on November 8. The filly was $2.50 favourite for the race but was beaten over two lengths by Mine Two in second place.
O’Shea is confident she can bounce back and win on Saturday however.
“She seems to have trained on nicely too and I’d expect her to run very well,” he said.
Italy is one of just two last start winners in Saturday’s race and will get a good start from barrier four of ten after Grand Cross, who was due to jump from the barrier, was scratched from the race.
The mare came off the pace on her debut and hoop James McDonald will have the option of riding her however he pleases.
Italy is the short-favourite to win the race with online bookmaker Ladbrokes.com.au at a price of $2.40. She’s followed by market mover Aegean Sea, who has seen her price shorten dramatically from $31 into $3.80, Denpurr ($6), and Billy Big Brown ($9).
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