Taking on the males again with smart filly Foxy Frida holds no fears for Ballarat trainer Andrew Noblet.
Foxy Frida will chase a hat-trick of wins in Saturday’s Ken Cox Handicap (1700m) at Flemington.
Her outstanding recent form includes a win over the boys on the Flemington circuit two starts back.
Foxy Frida dropped back to her own sex to win the Rivette Series Final (1400m) at Flemington last time out.
Noblet said stepping back into open three-year-old grade would suit the Foxwedge filly.
“She beat the males in a heat of the Silver Bowl Series quite well and she was the highest-rated horse in that race by a fair way,” Noblet said.
Noblet’s main query is whether Foxy Frida will see out the 1700m at her first start beyond 1410m.
Andrew Noblet has Foxy Frida in terrific form. Picture: Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images
However, feedback from Foxy Frida’s jockeys has boosted his confidence.
“The 1700m is a little question mark but everybody that has jumped off her says she’ll get further,” Noblet said.
“As long as she gets into a nice rhythm, she’ll be there at the end.”
Daniel Moor and Billy Egan have ridden Foxy Frida in her last two wins but her 60kg handicap forced Noblet to book 3kg-claiming apprentice Alana Kelly for Saturday’s race.
Noblet said Kelly would have simple instructions for Foxy Frida, who will jump from barrier four.
“She (Foxy Frida) has to pay for her form but she gets in OK after the claim,” Noblet said.
“Alana just needs to keep her relaxed and she’ll finish the race off.
“She’s got a nice turn of foot and she’s a horse with good ability and that always puts them in the race.”
TAB posted Foxy Frida as a $4.60 chance to give Noblet another city win after the trainer prepared a double at Sandown on Wednesday.
Originally published asFlying Frida not afraid of the males
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