Somals (Image: Racing Photos)

Stable sweet on Somals

Simon Zahra is bullish that Somals can continue her meteoric rise through the ranks with a home-track win in Saturday's December Twilight Handicap (1400m) at Flemington.

The daughter of Helmet won her first two starts before finishing fourth behind Rubsaki at The Valley last week.

Zahra said it had always been the plan to step Somals out to 1400m and, despite the wide draw, he remains confident about her chances of another metropolitan win.

"She's a nice filly that we've got a fair bit of time for," Zahra said.

"Not a lot went right the other day at The Valley, they set a bit of a record mid-race so I thought she did a terrific job to hold on and actually finish fourth.

"We've always had this race in mind with the seven-day back-up (between her first two runs this campaign).

"She's drawn wide so we're going to have to give her a kick out of the gates to get rolling but if she can drop her head and relax, she'll definitely get the 1400m."

While conceding Somals appears the stable's best chance of a win on Saturday, Zahra is struggling to split stablemates Lianne and Into Rio in the Say Hello To Summer Racing Trophy (1200m) down the straight.

Lianne was narrowly beaten at Sandown last start while Into Rio, who has won two of his three first-up runs, lines up fresh.

"With Lianne, there were a lot of sad punters at Sandown the other day because she looked the winner a long way out but probably didn't let down," he said.

"Our mindset is that she probably needs a quicker-run race where she can get back and run on and not have a bit of a think about it so I think the straight will suit her.

"The other bloke (Into Rio) is 20-1 and he's probably not a 20-1 chance on his first-up record.

"We've kept him a lot fresher, he hasn't had a jumpout for a couple of weeks so he goes there in good order.

"Obviously the straight is something new for him."