PROMISING young stayer Inner Warrior is poised to add the Tasmanian Guineas to a record which already includes the Tasmanian Sires Produce after he gave his rivals a start and a beating at Mowbray last night.
emInner Warrior easily won the $25,000 PFD Food Services 3YO Trophy (1400 metres) which is the recognised lead-up race to the Tasmanian Guineas in a fortnight's time.
``Bring it on, I'm looking forward to it,'' ecstatic trainer Terry Evans said after the race.
Inner Warrior ($12.20) came with a swooping run to blow his opposition away, winning by two lengths from Geegees Velvet ($8.50) and Geegees Soprano ($41.90).
Evans prepares Inner Warrior at Brighton for the well-named Horse Racing Tragics syndicate which has raced many horses with him.
Inner Warrior showed he was destined for a bright future when he scored an easy win in the Sires Produce, again beating Geegees Velvet, in the autumn.
Evans immediately spelled Inner Warrior but then wasn't happy with the gelding's condition when he returned to racing in September.
He then gave him a short let-up and he returned to the racetrack a fortnight ago.
Top apprentice Sigrid Carr was reunited with Inner Warrior last night and said it was always her intention to get back from a wide barrier.
``I had the chance to get closer to the fence but I decided to stay wide and come with a long run,'' she said.
``I would love to stay with him in the Tasmanian Guineas.''
Last year's top two-year-old Grand Tycoon ($10.10) lost few admirers when he worked across from a wide barrier and fought on to finish fourth.
Favourite Havana Stash ($3.30) was slightly disappointing, finishing sixth after appearing to have a chance on the turn.
BROADMARSH trainer Brendan McShane will take a ``wait and see'' approach before deciding if his impressive filly Spinning Jenny tackles the $90,000 Tasmanian Guineas on New Year's Eve or is kept for races against her own sex.
Spinning Jenny put her name in contention for the Tasmanian Guineas when she scored a strong win in the Ballymore Stables C2 Handicap (1400m).
Spinning Jenny sat just behind the pace before apprentice Bulent Muchu angled for a split on the home turn.
Spinning Jenny ($2.40 fav) went to the line with a half-neck to spare over Acacia Bloom ($8.80) and Kentucky Tea ($43.60).
It was the filly's first run since she was an impressive fifth in a Listed Race at Caulfield on November 16.
``It's obvious she is looking for 1600m now,'' McShane said.
The biggest decision he has is whether to take on the colts and geldings in a fortnight or keep the filly for the Thousand Guineas the Strutt Stakes in the New Year.
Fillies have enjoyed a successful run in the Tasmanian Guineas over the past decade with Di's Angel (2004), Zest Amour (2006) and Vivre La Nett (2007) all successful.
McShane was full of praise for Turkish apprentice Bulent Muhcu after the winning ride.
``He's doing a good job with her and I've always been impressed with him,'' he said.
THE decision of top trainer John Blacker to return from Victoria was further vindicated when he won the opening race at Mowbray with short-priced favourite Coriace.
Blacker decided to abort his plans to train in Victoria and returned home earlier this month to re-establish himself at Longford.
Last night, Coriace ($1.40 fav) gave him little concern when jockey Brendon McCoull was able to slot the four-year-old in just behind the leaders before making his winning move on the home turn.
Coriace was having his first run since May but had showed enough to justify his short quote last night.
Coriace had been placed in his only two starts in Victoria with the latest coming at his home track at Seymour.
Blacker is confident that Coriace can continue to race through his grades and was impressed with the way the grey finished off his race.
``He was strong at the finish,'' he said.
Coriace had 2 1/2 lengths to spare over Stella Etoile ($13.30) and It's Flash Al ($9).
Blacker spent two years in Victoria where he was based on the Seymour track but is more than pleased to be home and is looking forward to the weeks ahead.
He presently has 19 horses in work and said it was a comfortable number as he settles into his new training facilities.