Ms Catherine

Ms Catherine winning at The Valley (Image: Racing Photos)

Dwyer hopes to find Catherine spark

Trainer Henry Dwyer says speedy mare Ms Catherine is set for a fork-in-the-road preparation when she steps back out in Victoria at Flemington on Saturday.

The Group 3 winner for Dwyer had two below-par runs in Queensland for Tony Gollan before returning to his care.

Dwyer said he hoped a change to his Ballarat stable could reignite her racing career.

"A different environment at Ballarat, we are just seeing if that might help us a little bit," Dwyer said.

"There's a few warning signs there. Her form suggests she's not going as well as her early form.

"She might end up going to stud. If she is not being competitive in these races, she's a Group 3 winner so there's not much point cruising around in Benchmark races if she's not going to be competitive.

"Obviously 1000m suits ideally (on Saturday).

"We will see how she goes on Saturday. There's the Kensington Stakes down the straight in January and these summer sprints, they're not exactly Group-class races.

"They might suit her if she can return to somewhere near her best."

Dwyer admitted the Queensland trip 'didn't really work out as planned'.

"She had two runs here in the winter and didn't seem to handle the tracks. The owner decided he would like for her to go to Queensland and spell," he said.

"It coincided with (regular rider) Georgie Cartwright going up there. It worked out well she could have six or seven weeks in the paddock … we gave her a try up there in a different environment and see if she can return to a bit of form that she seemed to lose down here.

"Sadly, she couldn't. She had a couple of runs up there. First run was plain, she dropped out and run last.

"Second run was okay, she got beaten a few lengths.

"We are just trying to work through a few things now."