Trainer Justin Prentice says his outstanding filly Dracarys will be very hard to beat when she contests the $35,000 Choices Flooring Gold Bracelet at Gloucester Park.
New Zealand-bred Dracarys joined the Prentice stable in WA just over three months ago and has been a revelation when winning all four starts, but will face her toughest assignment yet on Friday.
Dracarys, who has drawn barrier two, is up against Iona Diamond from barrier one, while top reinsman Gary Hall Jnr will continue as the driver of Majorpride, the all-the-way winner of the Group 1 $100,000 Diamond Classic two starts ago.
"This will be the first time for Dracarys to race against the top fillies but I definitely think she's up with them," Prentice said.
"From barrier two, we'll come out hard and look for the front if it is there. Iona Diamond is also a quick beginner, but Dracarys might be a bit quicker, point to point. Her latest run (when she raced three wide for much of the way and beat Starlight Destiny and Rollsofthetongue at Pinjarra) was super.
"At all of her four runs for me, Dracarys has given the impression that there's still more there. She's not just a front-runner; she's really versatile. She has been educated by the best trainer (Mark Purdon) probably in the world and he has probably taught her all those strings to her bow."
Purdon gave Dracarys three starts in New Zealand, picking up one win - the Group 3 Leonard Memorial Stakes over 200m at Addington on 4th March this year.
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