Chris Waller is confident that Lady Le Fay will be perfectly suited to the conditions of the race and track when she lines up for the featured 2016 Ballarat Cup (2200m) in Victoria on Saturday.
Lady Le Fay has been a strong and consistent performer at black type level this time in without being able to return to winning form, and resumed for a credible fifth in the Group 3 Bill Ritchie Handicap (1400m) at Randwick on September 17th.
Progressing to second in the Group 3 Angst Stakes (1600m), the Thorn Park mare has since finished sixth in each of the Group 3 Merlin Garage Door Openers Plate (1600m) and Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m).
Confident that the mare will relish a step up to 2200m for the 2016 Ballarat Cup, Waller told Racing Victoria that he has been thrilled with Lady Le Fay’s condition and believes that with luck, she is a winning chance on Saturday.
“She didn’t have a lot of luck at Moonee Valley when she got caught on the inside and last start we might have just ridden her a bit too close,” Waller said.
“The extra distance at Ballarat will suit and she’s due a change of luck.”
Beginning her career in New Zealand in late 2013, Lady Le Fay has undoubtedly stepped up in class and quality since being transferred to Waller’s care prior to the 2015 Spring Carnival.
Running third in a pair of Sydney minors over 1600m and 1800m respectively, the mare out of Mia Le Fay resumed this year for fifth in the More Than Winning BM85 (1350m) before running mid-field in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m).
Savaging the line for an impressive fourth in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) on Day 2 of The Championships, Lady Le Fay returned to winning form in the Tommy Hill Memorial Handicap (2000m).
Placing second in the Listed Lord Mayors Cup (2000m), Lady Le Fay was sent for a spell after running a credible sixth in the Group 1 Doomben Cup (2000m) on May 21st.
Allocated the outside barrier, Lady Le Fay has been confirmed to be partnered by Craig Newitt and will carry only 54kgs in the 2016 Ballarat Cup.
Ladbrokes.com.au is currently offering the best 2016 Ballarat Cup odds, for which Lady Le Fay can be taken at a quote of $8 for success.