ALTHOUGH she is no stranger to beating the ‘boys’, Cott Beach will need her share of luck against the male pacers in Friday night’s Western Gateway at Gloucester Park.
Not only has Cott Beach been pitted against a strong field, the Kristy Elson-trained filly has drawn the outside of the front row.
Understandably disappointing with the three-year-old’s starting position, Elson believes Cott Beach can cause an upset under the right circumstances.
“The draw will make it very tough for her, especially against the colts,” Elson said. “There is no doubt she has her work cut out for her.
“If she can get a bit of luck during the run, she can surprise a few.
“Although she missed a placing for the first time in 16 starts when fifth at Pinjarra earlier this week, I was happy with her run and she’s been feeling great in training.”
Boasting an impressive record against her own sex, Cott Beach’s main target this campaign is the Western Australia Oaks, which is due to be run on May 4.
The daughter of Advance Attack will then be aimed at her Westbred title defence in June.
“The Oaks is the first long term aim with her,” Elson said. “After that if all is going to plan, she has the Westbred.”