AT LEAST one – maybe two – perfect records for the season will come to an end at Tabcorp Park Melton on Saturday night.
Unbeaten from seven starts since arriving in Australia, Major Grace has registered six of those victories this term.
Prepared by record-breaking trainer Emma Stewart, the daughter of Art Major will attempt to continue her sequence in the Mares’ Championship, where she has drawn to search for the lead from barrier four.
Major Grace’s rivals include Im Presi Belle, which will make the long trip from Pheasants Nest for the feature.
Trained by astute horseman Peter Rixon, Im Presi Belle is undefeated from five starts in 2023.
To be driven by Rixon’s son, Will, the daughter of Mach Three will begin from gate six.
“This will be an interesting test for her,” Rixon said. “She’s come through the grades quite well this time in and now it’s time to step up again.
“I could have raced her at Menangle, but felt this race wasn’t as big a step for her, so rather than throw her in the deep end, I’ll let her wade her way through the water.
“It would have been nice to draw a couple of spots closer to the pegs, but it is what it is.
“I have to admit I don’t know the form very well, but Major Grace appears to be the one to beat.”
With no major plans in mind for the five-year-old beyond the weekend, Rixon will “find a suitable race where I can, which could mean going to Menangle.”