FRIDAY night’s Silver Chalice at Tabcorp Park Melton shapes as an interesting affair.
Along with in-form raider Eleniark, the feature includes Ladyship Mile heroine Carlas Pixel and exciting mare Tell Me Tales, which is unbeaten from five starts this season.
With the trio being primed for next month’s Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series, the $30,000 event will serve as a guide as to which mare is likely to be the early favourite heading into the futurity.
Boasting four wins and three placings from her last seven starts, Eleniark has fared slightly better in the draw.
The Queenslander – trained by Grant Dixon – will come from barrier five.
Enjoying no luck since capturing the Ladyship Mile in 1:49.5, which resulted in her New Zealand Jewels campaign being cancelled, Carlas Pixel will begin from gate six for local trainer Dean Braun.
Carlas Pixel contested last month’s Mares’ Triple Crown at Melton, with a second during the middle leg her only placing.
Winner of last season’s Vicbred Final, Tell Me Tales has been impressive making her way through the grades this preparation for premier horsewoman Emma Stewart, with the four-year-old’s victories include the Platinum Final at Melton on April 27.
Given a freshen-up after the Group Three, Tell Me Tales is ready to maintain her perfect record for the term despite drawing the outside of the front row according to Stewart.
“She did well during her time off and has been terrific in her track work,” Stewart said. “It’s a tough draw to face first-up for six weeks against a group of talented mares, but she will be hard to beat.
“Her record speaks for itself with 11 wins, including her last seven in a row, and two seconds from her last 13 starts.
“As long as she can get an even run at them from that draw she will be right in the finish.”