It was a horror watch for those who backed talented mare Tricky Gal last time out but trainer Matthew Smith could give her another crack to break through in Saturday’s December Handicap (1400m) at Randwick.
It’s been a long run of outs for the daughter of Magic Albert, which is yet to chalk up a win in Stakes grade despite finishing in the money seven times.
Smith sent Tricky Gal for a Victorian raid where she went around hard in the market as a $4.20 favourite but never saw a lick of daylight when finishing eighth behind Steinem.
While Saturday’s feature in Sydney may not carry Group status, the $130,000 contest certainly won’t be lacking in class with the likes of Frosty Rocks, Prime Candidate and Purple Sector among the 12 nominations taken on Monday morning.
Trainer Chris Waller has entered three with Bigboyroy, The Lord Mayor and Oscar Zulu while Chris Anderson could have a crack at Sydney riches with Queenslander Profit.
Mask Of Time is the other interstate raider among the entries for the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace stable.
Group 1 placegetter Wheelhouse will get a chance to find his way back into the winner’s list with Waller nominating the four-year-old for a Benchmark 88 contest over 2000m where he could face smart import Huetor.
A total of 172 nominations were taken across the 10-race card at Randwick with the track currently rated in the soft (5) range.
It is likely that the surface will see an upgrade with sunny weather forecast in Eastern Sydney throughout the week.