WHEN you’re heading into a feature with a pacer which has won his last 10 starts it is reasonable to assume confidence will be high.
Although she is in that exact scenario, leading horsewoman KerryAnn Morris is anything but confident.
In fact, Morris is under pressure!
Morris will contest the main event at Club Menangle on Saturday with a gelding which has a winning streak in double digits and has created a buzz by being unbeaten from eight Australian starts.
That’s where the pressure factor comes into play.
Morris will tackle the Hondo Grattan Stake with rising star Balraj, which is making his debut for the stable.
On top of the trainer switch, Balraj has drawn wide in barrier 10.
The Group Two is a qualifier for the famed Chariots Of Fire, which is scheduled to be conducted in Menangle on February 22.
“Given how well he has been going it puts a lot of pressure on to keep him winning,” Morris said.
“He has been huge since coming to Australia and looks to have some special qualities about him.
“The draw against a very strong field makes it very tough.
“This is a step up on what he has been racing and hopefully he can do well enough to qualify for the Chariots.”
Citing Self Assured as the one to beat, Morris rates Supreme Dominator as an intriguing opponent.
Prepared by New Zealand power couple Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, Self Assured is a $1.50 TAB Fixed Odds favourite from barrier nine.
Balraj is the second elect at $3, while Supreme Dominator is among the outsiders from gate four.
“Self Assured is a star and is clearly the one to beat,” Morris said. “Supreme Dominator might surprise a few if he races to his best.
“He finished second and third in two Derbys and third in a Sales Final last season which were won by Ultimate Sniper, which has since won the Inter Dominion.”