Misswan chasing form
CASINO trainer Peter Stanley has removed the blinkers from Misswan in today’s $20,000 Casino RSM Beef Week Cup (1400m) hoping the gear change will enable the mare to again strike her best form.
“I’ve taken the blinkers off to see if it makes a difference,” Stanley said.
“She’s working just as good as ever but her form hasn’t been up to scratch.
“If she can find her best form she’s a good chance.”
Misswan, who scored a brilliant win in the 2009 Beef Week Cup, has had six below par runs since resuming from a 247-day break back on March 1.
The six-year-old’s last win came in a 1600m event at Ballina in April last year.
However, the daughter of Clang is unbeaten in three heavy track starts and should get conditions today.
Stanley’s frustration at her current form brought about the gear change.
“She did this to me once before as a younger horse,” Stanley said.
“She got hammered one day as a three-year-old, got frightened of racing between other horses.
“Two starts back at Eagle Farm she got jammed into the fence and should have finished closer (7.8 lengths 12th to Joyeux over 1500m on April 25).
“Last start at Grafton I asked the Kacie (Stanley) to lead on her but other horses came around her near the home turn and she just didn’t appreciate it.
“She can be a funny mare like that.”
Misswan gained a start when Stephen Lee’s promising Show A Lion Heart was scratched soon after acceptances when drawing barrier 16. The Ballina-based trainer will rely on Urnfield (Luke Rolls).
Misswan also drew wide (barrier 17) but Stanley is glad to see the mare away from the inside.
“I actually think being out there will suit her,” he said.
“Hesashow has plenty of early speed and I’m hoping Misswan can cross and get a trail behind him.
“One thing in her favour tomorrow is the wet track, she loves it.
“There have been excuses for her recently but her form hasn’t been up to par. Hopefully she can turn it around.”
As a jockey, Stanley had plenty of success on his home track winning two Casino cups but as a rider, the Beef Week cup eluded him.
“I finished runner-up a couple of times,” he said.
“It would be nice if Misswan could win another home town cup for the locals and owners (the Jacobs family).”