Tempo the key to Caprossa's chances
Canberra based trainer Paul Jones is reliant on a fast tempo to allow his mare Caprossa to come into contention when she resumes at Rosehill on Saturday.
Unbeaten in her three previous first up attempts, Jones admits she will have her work cut out after drawing wide in the fifth race of the day.
Prone to racing up on the speed the daughter of Testa Rossa will likely have to settle a pair further back than previously anticipated however Jones is confident she can work home into the finish.
"I'm quite happy with her, she has returned in really good condition," Jones said.
"She's probably going to improve with the run under her belt, but if there is decent pace in the race I'm confident she'll be finishing it off.
"From the wide draw she's probably going to have to settle a pair further back then we wanted but I'm just hoping and praying there is good enough pace in the race and she gets her chance to run on."
The Chris Waller trained Calming Influence has been installed the early favourite with Jones hoping she is faced with more pressure out in front than at her previous start.
"The three-year-old Calming Influence does appear very well placed at the weights and is obviously the horse to beat, I'm just hoping she is faced with a bit more pressure up front unlike her last start win," Jones said.
Having proven competitive in similar company last time in, Jones is confident his mare can measure up well on Saturday as her work has been solid in the lead up.
"She's not far off being ready to produce, she's had two jump-outs at Canberra and has won them both," Jones said.
"While she was obviously up against lesser opposition to what she faces on Saturday, she did win them both pretty much on her ear.
"She's proven herself competitive in this grade previously and I do feel she is over the odds on Saturday."
With the Listed Camarena Handicap and the Listed National Sprint both possible targets for Caprossa Jones said he is likely to keep her against her own sex in the lead up.
"There is a nice progression of races for her in the coming months as we will probably look to keep her against the fillies and mares through to February," Jones said.
"Hopefully with enough time we can give her two weeks off and then set her for one of those [National Sprint/Camarena] races towards the end of February/March."