Goldifox finishing second to Good 'N' Fast last start at Flemington (Image: Racing Photos)
Troy Corstens is hoping for a more economical barrier draw for his juvenile filly Goldifox this week, as she prepares to try and turn the tables on Good 'N' Fast at Flemington.
The daughter of Foxwedge remains a maiden but has collected three minor placings in her four starts, including runner-up finishes in town at her past two starts, chasing home Anjana over 1200m, before closing well behind the Lindsay Park-trained Good 'N' Fast last time out over 1400m.
Corstens said the step up to a mile will be right in the wheelhouse of his filly, although more luck at the draw - she jumped from eight of eight last start - would help, as she lines up in the $120,000 Listed Taj Rossi Series Final (1600m).
"She's come through well. She's a nice filly. She's not big, but she's one of those fillies that really takes a lot of time to balance up," Corstens said on Tuesday morning.
"It's why we thought the Flemington straight will suit her, and hopefully out to the mile will suit her more.
"She's not a huge horse. She had a hit-out yesterday morning, and she'll do a little bit more on Thursday morning going into Saturday, but she doesn't take a helluva lot of work to keep fit.
He added: "I think the way she hit the line [was promising], her sectionals were pretty good, they were pretty smart last start.
"Hopefully we can draw a gate this Saturday. We only went so far back because we didn't draw a gate. It'd be nice to draw a gate this week and have her that little bit closer."
Foxwedge has proven himself to be a versatile stallion, producing two Group 1 winners Down Under with Volpe Veloce and Foxplay, plus Stakes winners Kentucky Miss, Fox Hall and Fox Swift.
And the Newgate Farm stallion achieved a first on the weekend, when Urban Fox became his first northern-hemisphere G1 winner at The Curragh, dominating a 2000-metre fillies-and-mares feature, the Pretty Polly Stakes.
Corstens also confirmed Mamzelle Tess was likely to back up from her placing at Caulfield behind Rillito and Chiavari on Saturday, in this Saturday's Leilani Series Final (1400m).
"We haven't backed her up a lot in the past, so it's something we're keen to have a look at," Corstens added.
"We'll definitely accept for Saturday.
"She's come through Saturday quite nicely; we'll have a look and see how we draw, everything would have to be right going in, we'll pull a blood on Thursday and make sure everything's OK, and at least have a look at it and most likely take our spot."
Mamzelle Tess has raced once previously on the seven-day back-up - in June last year she was narrowly beaten over a mile at Moonee Valley by Stylish Miss, but then started from 11 of 11 and travelled wide when placing third to Schism and Tsaritsa at Flemington over 1400m the following week.