Mildred winning the Maribyrnong Trial Stakes (Image: Racing Photos)
Undefeated two-year-old filly Mildred will be looking for three victories in a row when she steps out in the Inglis Banner (1000m) at The Valley on Saturday.
The filly by Hinchinbrook showed enough on debut to suggest she was a nice type, but it was her win last start in the Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes that really demonstrated the potential and upside that she possesses.
Trainer Grahame Begg has been impressed with how she has recovered after each run and is expecting another forward showing on Saturday.
"She's trained on well, she looks particularly good in herself," he said.
"We moved her down to Pinecliff after her last start and she's only just come back to Caulfield this week.
"She's put on a bit of condition down there, she had two nice pieces of work while she was there and I'm really happy with how she's going heading into Saturday."
While happy with barrier one at the moment, Begg is hopeful that there isn't too much rain with the back-to-back days of racing at The Valley, with the risk of the inside getting chopped up.
Meanwhile three-year-old filly Beauty Bolt will step out in the Fillies Classic (1600m) and Begg is optimistic that she'll put her best foot forward.
"She didn't have a lot of luck last start, she got held up for a lot of the straight and only really wound up late," he said.
"The smaller field will suit her and she'll go really, really well."
Begg also has talented High Chaparral mare Vanuatu taking her place in the Powerflo Solutions Stakes (1600m).
She was an impressive winner first-up at Cranbourne and has now won four times in nine career starts.
"She's come on from that run at Cranbourne," Begg said.
"She's stepping up to the mile and we're very hopeful she can get some black type."
Begg added that he has attempted to stack the deck in her favour, choosing a track and distance she enjoys, hoping it will help her get into some better races later in the carnival.
"She's well suited when she goes to Sandown over 1500m where she's been a winner and she's been placed," he said.
"We're trying to her rating up, so she gets a run in the Summoned Stakes (1500m) at Sandown."