Wyong, Goulburn previews: Grant Allard says it time for Bright Eyed Girl to deliver on her promise

Grant Allard’s most promising horse Majestic Shot has done well since her fourth win from as many starts but she won’t be seen this weekend at Randwick.

The Gosford trainer was thinking of running the Shooting To Win filly in the Group 3 P.J. Bell Stakes on Saturday but he’ll wait for another day.

“I’ll keep everyone guessing,” Allard said.

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Undefeated Majestic Shot races in the same colours as another unbeaten horse in It’s Me (pictured). Photo by Mark Evans/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

“Eventually we want to get to Stakes level, but she’s small and immature. She’s had four starts for four wins and only had three trials so she’s got a hell of a lot to learn.”

Majestic Shot bolted in at Gosford last week and she’s going through the grades in quick fashion but her trainer isn’t rushing her.

“She pulled up fantastic and I couldn’t be happier with her,” Allard said.

“She’s only a provincial winner so she needs to keep going to different levels. It will be interesting to see how far she goes.”

Majestic Shot carries the Grand Syndicates silks, also worn by Everest runner Behemoth and Kosciuszko winner It’s Me.

“They’re a great company to deal with. She was an $11,000 purchase too so it shows you it’s possible for the everyday person to own a racehorse,” Allard said.

“She’s already beaten a horse that was bought for a $1 million.”

At Wyong on Thursday, Allard runs Bright Eyed Girl in the second race where she’s well placed against other provincial and country-trained maiden horses.

She’s placed twice from three runs to date including a last start second at Scone.

It’s a promising start but not good enough in Allard’s eyes.

“I’m actually disappointed that she hasn’t already won a race, to be fair,” he said.

Mitchell Bell will again partner Bright Eyed Girl at Wyong on Thursday.Source:News Corp Australia

“She’s probably shown a little more at home than what she’s shown on the track even though she’s run third and second in three starts.

“I held her in a higher regard than that. But, in saying that, it’s a family that progresses with age and gets over more distance.

“The whole family mature. They really come of age at four and five. Her mother won a mile maiden so she’ll be looking to get over a bit further.”

Allard is banking on her to be better next start, but will take a win before she fully matures.

“Win, lose or draw in this race, she’ll probably pull up after this run then go around next preparation a more mature horse and the full package,” he said.

Mitchell Bell will again partner her again but it will be interesting to see what he does from barrier six after trying to lead all the way last time.

“I don’t know. I’ve had the blinkers on and off and she led by a big margin the other day and quite comfortable before hitting the brick wall late,” Allard said.

“We’ll be positive but I think I’ll leave it to Mitchell Bell. I have faith in his decision making and we’ll take it from there.”

She’s set to start odds-on but Allard, as usual, isn’t getting caught up in the hype.

“She went to Scone as one of the best bets of the day and got rolled. She’s a nice horse who will win her fair share of races,” he said.


Hard Expectations might not be at his best at Goulburn on Thursday but he’s returning from a spell a different horse.

The five-year-old runs in a Benchmark 58 Handicap (1600m) off a 25-week spell after winning two races last preparation.

And they changed him.

“Even in his first win, they were trying to wait for him and I think he just needed that bit of confidence,” trainer Daniel Robinson said.

“In his second win, with is demeanour, it looked like the penny had dropped and he knew what he was doing.

“He only won by a short margin again but he was a different horse from his first win to his second win.

“It’s just taking him a long time to get his confidence up and start racing well.”

Jockey Chad Lever will partner Hard Expectations for the first time when the gelding resumes at Goulburn on Thursday. Photo: Simon Bullard/AAP ImageSource:AAP

One of those wins was at Goulburn so he’ll enjoy getting back onto this circuit again and he also gets a senior rider in Chad Lever to guide him.

It wasn’t a plan to come to Goulburn fresh.

“It just worked out that way. He’s a big striding horse with a big galloping action and Goulburn is a nice track for him because it’s not too tight,” Robinson said.

“It’s a good starting point. He’ll need the run and more ground. I think he needs at least 2000m. It’s not a tough race though.”

North Bell, the mother of the great Northerly, is the third dam of Hard Expectations which is where he gets his ability to stay.

Most All Too Hard’s find difficult to win past 2000m but not this one and he’ll get out to 2400m this time in.

“It’s on his mother’s side. There’s a relation close to Northerly on his mother’s side,” Robinson said.

“It gets hard to find a race for him over ground in the country. I’ll probably find another race like this then step him up to his correct trip when he’s fit enough.”

Originally published asWyong, Goulburn previews: Time for this Girl to show her talent

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