THE spring hopes of Broadmarsh trainers Walter and Brendan McShane revolve around top stayer Norsqui but their handy mare This Moment could play a cameo role next week.
While Norsqui is still a few weeks away from starting his Melbourne Cup campaign, This Moment is at the peak of her game, having won her past three starts in a row.
As a result, the McShanes have decided to raise the bar and will give the six-year-old mare her next run in an 1800-metre race at Sandown next Wednesday.
``The track is bound to be heavy and she is likely to get in on the minimum (weight) so I would think she'd be very competitive,'' Brendan McShane said after the mare's easy win at Elwick last Sunday.
``I have always rated her very highly but there's no doubt she has really matured now as a racehorse.''
Norsqui, last season's Adelaide Cup winner and Sydney Cup runner-up, is likely to return to racing in either the Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield on September 21 or Ansett Classic at Mornington the following week.
Thoroughbred racing in Tasmania this weekend returns to the synthetic track at Spreyton on Sunday where there is an eight-event program with 88 final acceptors.
Racing will alternate between Spreyton and Elwick for the next two months while Mowbray undergoes annual maintenance in preparation for the first night meeting on October 23.