ASHBURTON trainer Paul Gadsby has two runners in the Gr 1 SA Fillies Sprint, Vision To Kill (headline photo) and Miss Varlicious, and said both were very well but admitted Carry On Alice would be “a hard nut to crack”.
However, Gadsby was concerned the three-and-a-half metre strip on the inside which was protected at the last meeting would now “be like gold” and everybody would be trying to dive on to it.
Gadsby confirmed the Kildonan three-year-old Vision To Kill would be the elect of his two but added, “Miss Varlicious can never be written off, she is an old campaigner and could run into the money.”
Gadsby felt Vision To Kill was a touch unlucky last time over course and distance in the Gr 3 Poinsettia Stakes when flying late and being beaten 0,5 lengths by The Secret Is Out.
“I felt the winner had a clear run the whole way and we did not,” he said.
However, Vision To Kill will now be 3kg worse off, as The Secret Is Out was carrying a Gr 1 penalty in that race. Vision To Kill will also be 2kg worse off with Live Life, whom she beat by a short-head.
One factor favouring Vision To Kill is she clearly loved the step up to 1200m and jockey Muzi Yeni will now know that, whilst he went into the last race unclear whether she would enjoy the step up from 1000m.
Vision To Kill has a low draw of two. However, Gadsby said if the going on the inside does prove on the day “to be gold” he was not sure whether this would work for or against Vision To Kill as she might in that case have to be used up early to hold her position.
Miss Varlicious, who is usually handy, is drawn out in eight and has Alec Forbes up.