He’s not on good terms with favourite backers, but promising colt Geisel is set to recapture the faith at the feature Scone meeting on Tuesday.
Having been edged out by a nose and long neck when heavily backed, the emerging son of Teofilo can repay punters up to the mile for the first time in a class 1 and maiden at set weights.
Geisel has had excuses, especially the latest as a hot favourite when racing with little room down the straight at Muswellbrook.
Back at Scone for the second time with boom hoop Alysha Collet taking over, he is drawn much further out and that should allow him to settle back and find plenty of space to finish off down the long straight.
If the rain arrives, he looks even better suited, although Randwick four-year-old Hoost and Scone filly Alight The Night can both command market support in soft or heavy going.
Angela Davies unveils another strong trial performer in a maiden over 1100m for the girls. Yes You Think, a robust four-year-old daughter of dual Cox Plate champion So You Think, steps out for the first time off two steady trials.
The Davies stable continues to post strong returns first and second-up with debutants, and this one looks of the same ilk.
Yes You Think will get a stern debut test from talented Randwick filly Smokeshow, who looks set to peak after hitting the line hard in two handy provincial maidens. One of the more scrutinised runners on the program will be beautifully bred local four-year-old Freedom Square in a competitive benchmark 58 over 1300m.
A son of Panzer Division out of a mare by US speed sire Anabaa, Freedom Square returns off an 11-month break as a gelding and has been fitted with two progressive trials by the Messara stable.