Joe Waldron and The First Of May

Joe Waldron with The First Of May (Image: Racing Photos)

First Of May set for Saturday step

Emerging trainer Joseph Waldron is excited about his Zoffany filly The First Of May and the challenges she faces as she strives to progress through the grades.

The three-year-old had shown ability in her first two career races before breaking her maiden status last start at Kyneton (1200m).

"We think she's a nice filly, we always have," Waldron said.

"Getting her up to Saturday grade is important for her and her future career in the breeding barn, so it's the obvious step."

Waldron is confident that the extra 200m of the Christmas Race Day Trophy (1400m) will also be beneficial.

"The step up to 1400m should suit her, she settled well last time and ran through the line strongly," he said.

When asked if she was getting close to the end of the preparation, Waldron admitted that while she is, racing at this time of the year has its benefits.

"Look she is but we'll see how Saturday goes," he said.

"Obviously it's a good time of the year to have them racing as it's a touch weaker, so we'll get through Saturday and go from there."

Waldron trained his first winner when Raspberry Beret, ridden by John Allen, broke through at Colac on March 3 this year.

He's had 58 runners with a winning strike-rate of 8 per cent and a place strike-rate of 24 per cent.