Ben Melham winning aboard Pippie in the Cockram Stakes (Image: Racing Photos)
Ben Melham will reunite with Pippie when she tackles several of Australia's glamour three-year-olds in Friday night's Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at The Valley.
Unable to ride the mare at 52kg last start, Melham watched from the sidelines as Linda Meech steered the Chris and John Meagher-trained speedster to a scintillating win in the Oakleigh Plate (1100m).
Chris Meagher said the daughter of Written Tycoon had been given an easy time in the stable since her first-up win and was ready to reproduce her best.
"She's had a pretty cruisy month, we don't tend to do a great deal with her between runs," Meagher said.
"A month between runs is ideal for her and to be honest, we wouldn't have minded if it was five or six weeks.
"She had a really nice gallop on Saturday morning and a little tun-up this morning, which she's come through in flying colours, so we're extremely pleased with her.
"Ben Melham will ride her, he's done a lot of work on her and we said to Linda when we booked her for the Oakleigh Plate that the owners have promised the Ben the ride whenever she gets his weight."
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Meagher isn't worried about Pippie extending her brilliance to 1200m, pointing to several dominant wins over the trip last campaign, including her victory under Melham in the G3 Cockram Stakes at Caulfield.
What he does concede will be a challenge for his mare, who rises from 52kg in the Oakleigh Plate to 56.5kg in Friday's $500,000 contest, is conceding weight to the likes of Bivouac, Exceedance and Loving Gaby.
"Obviously she's going from 52kg to 56.5kg but I'm not overly concerned about it," he said.
"The Valley will suit her and she'll definitely be in front around the corner, whether she can hold them off is what we'll find out on Friday.
"She'll still go quite quick, that's just her natural speed and while we're mindful of the fact that she probably can't go as quick as what she did in the Oakleigh Plate, she'll still be running time."
Newmarket Handicap hero Bivouac is the $2.50 favourite with BetEasy, ahead of Loving Gaby ($4.60), Exceedance ($5), Nature Strip ($5.50) and Pippie ($12).