Candy Tuft set to thrill in Canterbury
Canberra based trainer Paul Jones is confident Candy Tuft has what it takes to notch up her first metropolitan victory when she lines up at Canterbury on Wednesday.
Having already proven herself competitive in similar company last preparation Jones felt her performance last start at Wagga had plenty of merit when finishing second in the testing heavy conditions.
"I thought she handled it well but definitely didn't quite excel in the going, you wouldn't say she was a mudlark," Jones said
"She had three-and-half weeks between her last two runs and has always peaked third or fourth up so after speaking with the owners we elected to head to Sydney."
Finishing behind fellow Canberra based trained galloper Chelsea Hotel, Jones said they took plenty of confidence out that effort after Chelsea Hotel finished a close fifth in similar company last start.
"We were happy to head to Sydney following her [Chelsea Hotel] run last start because we knew we still had a little bit more improvement left in our horse than she did," Jones said.
"The step up in trip should definitely suit her I'm not sure if Canterbury is the ideal track for her being she's such a big tall horse it does take a while for her to balance up, though when she does she really lets down well.
"I'm pretty confident she'll go there tomorrow and run a good race, it's probably her best chance to win in the city."
Though drawing a touch awkwardly Jones expects the daughter of Rock Of Gibraltar to settle down midfield and is delighted to have Tommy Berry engaged.
"She didn't draw ideally but should settle down either third or fourth pair," Jones said.
"We've got the services of Tommy Berry tomorrow as well, you can never knock that back."
While conceding there are a couple of nice progressive gallopers in the race Jones felt Candy Tuft was well placed down in the weights.
"There are one or two horses there that are on the way up but I feel we do meet them well at the weights and I imagine she will be a part of the top four in the market," Jones said.
"Obviously they don't go giving these mid-week races away so she's going to have to be on her game.
"In saying that I gave her a little tune up last week in a jump-out and she ran very well so I'm very happy with how she is heading into the race."