Conroy talks up Melton hopes

07 March 2018 07:55:01 EST

Connections of Regal Pepperell are confident their trotter can handle the step up in class when she contests the Australian Trotting Grand Prix at Tabcorp Park, Melton on Saturday night.

Regal Pepperell is currently in outstanding form having won five of her last six starts, but will face her toughest test yet when she makes the step up into Group 1 company this weekend.

Even so driver Anne-Maree Conroy believes Regal Pepperell deserves a shot at a race of this magnitude and is confident she will take it all in her stride.

"It is a step up in class, but she has surprised us by handling everything thrown at her, so we're hoping she can handle it," Conroy told reporters.

"It is unbelievable how she has turned it around. She was trotting roughly, mixing her form and had Mick scratching his head.

"He tried different things with her and all of a sudden she's taken off. She's in great form and has earned a shot at a big race like this."

Conroy is also satisfied with draw after landing the pole, and is hoping to get in a good position early in the race.

"I'm not expecting to lead, but I am hoping she can come out well enough," Conroy added. "If she can hold her own and settle in a good position early I will be happy.

"She does like a little more distance, but 2240m is not too bad. Over a mile a couple of starts ago she was only starting to get warm when the race was over."

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