An old-fashioned sprinting match race between two promising three-year-old fillies looms at Monday’s feature Queanbeyan meeting.
On a card where the stayers blow out the cobwebs in a headline BM58 Prelude before the Queanbeyan Cup on November 22, it is two flyers from Canberra that can steal the accolades in a class 1 handicap over 1000m.
Proud Mia, a striking chestnut by Pride of Dubai out of a mare by 1994 Golden Slipper winner Danzero, is out to go one better after being run down late resuming in a BM58 at Moruya in heavy ground. And ahead of only her fifth start, Proud Mia returns to the track where it all kicked off in flying fashion back in late May when she exploded away to win her maiden on debut as a hot favourite.
But drawn off the track is her big danger. Off To War lines up for only the third time after an impressive maiden win on debut at Albury, and then only run down in the last few strides there in a Class 1. Off To War may jump a narrow favourite, but there might only be a struck match between them either way when they hit the line.