Alluring Belle for Dale
Canberra based trainer Matthew Dale will only have the sole runner at Canberra on Friday with the promising Alluring Belle set to make her debut for his stable.
Previously trained by Leon Corstens in Kyneton the well bred daughter of Encosta De Lago boasts some impressive formlines having finished third behind Let's Make Adeal at her last start.
"She's got some nice formlines as a three-year-old filly and from what I can gather she has matured a lot further from her maiden preparation," Dale said.
Purchased as a racing and breeding proposition, Dale has been pleased with her work in the lead up and expects her to measure up well in what will only be her fourth career start.
"She's a nice seasoned mare, she's doing everything right at home," Dale said.
"She is a very relaxed casual sort of mare so we've kept the blinkers on her for Friday.
"We'll kick her off over 1300m at Canberra on Friday and expect her to get back and work home strongly."
A half sister to the Group 1 placed Brilliant Light and Group 1 victor Mission Critical, Dales only concern heading into the event is her inside draw.
"She has drawn a little bit awkwardly on the rails because she does go back and will need a fair bit of luck," Dale said.
"In saying that I'm sure if she gets the right run at the right time she'll be right in the thick of things,"
Likely to progress further throughout this preparation Dale is still confident she has had enough work to see her fire fresh on Friday.
"She is a big hulking sort of mare and whatever she does tomorrow she'll improve on but at the same time she's had enough work to produce tomorrow as well," Dale said.
"She'll get out in trip as she progresses through this preparation, she'll likely go to 1400m next start and then assess from there but possibly up to the mile third up."
Having not set any long term goals with Alluring Belle, Dale said he is happy to take race by race.
"Obviously she's a new addition and is yet to win a race so you've got to start with just getting that maiden win on the board and then reassess from there,"
Originally set to have the two runners engaged in Friday's meeting, Dale has elected to scratch Your Excellency from the third race and will instead trial him later in the day.