CONSISTENT filly Miss Halfpenny is in a prime position to round out her season with an overdue feature win at Tabcorp Park Menangle on Sunday.
In what will be her last run for the term according to trainer Paul Fitzpatrick, Miss Halfpenny is engaged in the New South Wales Breeders’ Challenge Final.
The $125,000 event will mark the two-year-old’s third Group One appearance, having finished third in the Bathurst Tiara and second in the Australian Pacing Gold Final.
“She has done a top job already and deserves a big win as a two-year-old,” Fitzpatrick said. “She has gone close in a couple of nice races and gets her chance on the weekend.
“It’s a pretty handy field, but certainly a winnable race for her.”
Successful in her Challenge heat, the daughter of American Ideal was then runner-up in her semi a fortnight ago after drawing the outside of the front row.
This time around Miss Halfpenny will begin from barrier four, with Fitzpatrick hinting she will be sent forward in search of the lead.
“It is a nice enough draw and one she can take advantage of,” Fitzpatrick said. “She comes out quickly and will be sent out looking for the front.
“A couple of those inside her can also come out well, so we’ll just have to see where she settles.”
Citing Cee Cee Ambro as the main danger, Fitzpatrick believes Kept In Play could hold the key to the race from gate two.
Cee Cee Ambro, which has four wins and two seconds from six starts, has drawn nine, but slots into seven with the removal of the emergency.
“Cee Cee Ambro has been impressive and beat us in the semi,” Fitzpatrick said. “She is the one to beat again.
“Kept In Play has drawn well which puts her right in the race.”