QUALITY filly Pelosi faces a daunting task at Albion Park tonight.
Although drawn ideally, the three-year-old is taking on aged mares at just her second start from a long spell.
Sent to the paddock last June, Pelosi was originally scheduled to have a three-month break but trainer Anna Woodmansey was forced to extend the youngster’s time off.
“She kicked a rail and had a lot of swelling in her back leg,” Woodmansey said. “There was a lot of bruising and bit of trauma inside the leg, and although she didn’t do anything bad, the vet advised to keep her out longer rather than risk aggravating it and creating a more serious injury.
“In the end she was out almost twice as long as planned and now since she’s been ready to race I have been struggling to find races for her.
“I’ve nominated her five times and got one start so now I’ve put her in whatever I could put her in and as such she’s against the older mares.”
To be driven by John Cremin, the Australian Pacing Gold champion has drawn to lead from the pole.
Pelosi made a triumphant return at Albion Park a fortnight ago when rating 1:56.3 over 2138 metres after occupying the ‘death seat’.
“It will be interesting to see how she goes,” Woodmansey said. “If you go on ratings she is below these mares.
“She is reasonably fit as she’s been in work for quite a while, but it is a bit of an unknown against older mares.
“We’ll be looking to lead from the draw and hopefully she will go well.”
Citing Eternal Promise as the one to beat, Woodmansey believes Colombian Gold poses a major threat.
Boasting four wins from her last five starts, Eternal Promise will come from barrier five, while Colombian Gold has the opportunity to gain the run of the race from the inside of the second row.
“Eternal Promise has been running some good times at Redcliffe and is in great form,” Woodmansey said. “She is the one to beat even from a tricky draw.
“If we lead Colombian Gold will get nice run and that brings her right into it.”