ALTHOUGH “thrown in the deep end” Victorian raider Western Debt is expected to have little trouble adapting to the class rise in Hobart on Saturday night.
Winner of her last four starts, Western Debt is poised to contest in The George Johnson for trainer Adam Kelly.
One of the lowest assessed runners in the field, the daughter of Western Terror has drawn to settle prominently from the pole.
“She’s drawn well, which I felt she would given the preferential conditions,” Kelly said. “I’ve thrown her in the deep end a bit, but hopefully she can step up.
“She has good gate speed and can come off pace as well.
“I haven’t had her long, but what she has shown so far suggests she won’t be far aware.”
Kelly will also cross Bass Strait with talented fill Arabella Star which is engaged in the Tasmania Oaks.
Performing admirable during the recent New South Wales Oaks series, which netted a second in her heat and third in the Final, Arabella Star will need to produce her best after drawing the middle of the back line.
“Being out the back won’t help,” Kelly said. “She pulled up super from Sydney so I felt she could press on.
“She seems to be getting better with every start and only has to go like did in Sydney to win.”
Despite the strong local form, Kelly rates fellow Victorians – Enchanted Stride and Delightful Jazz – as the main dangers.
Enchanted Stride has drawn barrier four, with Delightful Jazz come begin from the inside of the second row.
“If she races up to her New South Wales Oaks heat run Enchanted Stride will be hard to beat,” Kelly said. “Delightful Jazz has solid form and should be right in it.”