Slimline is expected to be in the thick of the action at Tauherenikau on Tuesday.
The six-year-old has a smart black type record and she looks well-placed to pick up another credit in the Listed WRC and Pope & Gray Contractors Wairarapa Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes WFA (1600m).
“I’d think Asama Blue would be pretty hard to beat, but my mare is very well and it’s the right sort of race for her,” trainer Gary Vile said.
Slimline won the Listed Anzac 1550 last season and she also finished runner-up in the Listed Rangitikei Gold Cup (1550m).
This term, the six-year-old was successful in an open handicap before she ran third in the Gr.2 Manawatu Challenge Stakes (1400m).
“Another Listed win would look very good on her resume,” Vile said.
Slimline finished a close seventh last time out in the Gr.3 Anniversary (1600m) at Trentham where she was parked three wide without cover from an outside gate.
“Unfortunately, that’s just the way it worked out, but I thought she rallied strongly,” Vile said.
“She’s had a light time since then and she’s ready to go again.”
Meanwhile, Slimline’s Group One-performed stablemate Jacksstar continues to make good progress on his return from injury.
“So far, so good at this stage with him,” Vile said. “He’s up to a couple of rounds of pacework now and he’ll have another scan soon to make sure everything’s right.”
Jacksstar hasn’t raced since he suffered a tendon injury when finishing third in last year’s Gr.1 Auckland Cup (3200m). – NZ Racing Desk.