LONG term plans for Soho Nolita have been put on hold despite her impressive form.
Boasting four wins and a second from five starts this season, Soho Nolita was originally being set for majors such as the Ladyship Mile.
Australia’s premier mares’ sprint, the Group One is programmed to be staged at Tabcorp Park Menangle on February 29.
Hopeful the four-year-old can still make the required step up to the $200,000 event, trainer Michael Stanley stated he has put distant plans on the backburner until Soho Nolita proves she is worth a shot at the highest level.
“She has been racing in good fashion but still not going how we know she can,” Stanley said. “That said, she has won in good time so I may be a little hard on her.
“It’s just compared to her track work she has not been as sharp at races which makes me wonder if she can step up as we thought early on.
“Early on I was thinking Ladyship Mile, but she has to show a lot more to plan that far ahead.”
Soho Nolita has the opportunity to impress Stanley in Melton on Saturday night.
Poised to compete against stronger company, the daughter of Mach Three has drawn to figure prominently from the pole.
“She’s drawn well,” Stanley said. “It’s a good draw over her favourite shorter trip.
“It is a step up but she is racing well and will be more than competitive.”
Citing Nostra Beach as the one to beat from barrier five, Stanley also predicts Keayang Secret to play a strong role in the finish.
Scoring first-up from a short break last week, Keayang Secret will begin from the outside of the front row.
“Nostra Beach has proven herself in this class and is the one to beat,” Stanley said. “Keayang Secret was impressive in her return and is bound to be better for the run.”