Unable to break through in four starts this time in, Canberra based trainer Matthew Dale said her efforts have been a lot better than what they first appear.
A notable second placing behind Girl Guide two back, Dale
said Jacinta simply didn't handle the wet track in the Listed Mona Lisa Stakes last start.
two runs in Sydney were good, she
ran really well behind Girl Guide in Melbourne and then she
is just nowhere near her
best in the wet," Dale
was just never comfortable at Wyong [Mona Lisa]."
Unraced at Canberra since her
solid performance behind Messene in the Listed National Sprint, Dale
said it was too good an opportunity to miss.
"We took the chance to give her
a home game while it's there," Dale
"Theres not that many races throughout the year at Canberra that she
can race in, the one on Friday is worth a bit of prizemoney and she
only has to walk down the road."
Dropping back noticeably in grade, Jacinta does appear well placed on career best form.
runs this preparation have been strong in tougher company, she
now comes back to a country open at a track she's
won at and at a distance she's
won at," Dale
"Jay [Ford] knows her, he rode her a couple times last preparation, he understands her and we'll just have to see what the weather does," Dale said.
Though well travelled this preparation, Dale
felt Jacinta hasn't shown any sides of ill effects.
hasn't missed a bit and has thrived this preparation within herself, the travelling doesn't appear to have affected her at home
From the good draw, Jacinta is expected to settle up on the speed, with future plans put on hold until after Friday's event.
races on speed and I would anticipate that she
would be in the first four," Dale