AN INTERSTATE trip hangs in the balance for classy mare Major Occasion.
Fresh from her recent second in the Ladyship Mile at Tabcorp Park Menangle a fortnight ago, Major Occasion is being readied for a Victorian campaign.
Trainer Chris Frisby has set his sights on the state’s unofficial ‘Mares’ Triple Crown’, which begins with The Make Mine Cullen in Melton on May 4, with the Australian Pacing Gold graduate.
First the daughter of Art Major has to earn the trip beginning with the Ladyship Stake in Menangle tonight.
“I’ve set the mares’ races in Victoria as a target for her if she warrants the trip,” Frisby said. “After tonight she will poke around Bathurst for a couple of starts then we will head to Melton.
“All things being even, tonight will prove if she can’t win in this company she can’t race against the better horses.”
Although draw the outside of the front row Major Occasion is a $1.65 favourite with TAB Fixed Odds.
“She’s feeling a treat,” Frisby said. “I’m happy with her.
“I’m confident to a degree as she’s doing everything right, but she has to get out there and get the job done.”
Frisby is also planning a trip across the border with stable star Our Uncle Sam.
Sent for a spell following his Group One Bohemia Crystal triumph, the son of Sportswriter is scheduled to head north for Queensland’s Winter Carnival.
“He is in the paddock for three weeks,” Frisby said. “He will come back for the Len Smith in Menangle and go to Queensland for their majors races in July.”