Zou Dancer winning The Vanity (Image: Racing Photos)
For the third time in as many weeks, the Malua Racing team will saddle up a runner in a Group 1 and, while Zou Dancer wasn't their banner horse a month ago, she might be their best chance at landing the big prize.
To say the Zoustar filly stepped seamlessly into black-type racing last start would be selling her well short.
She progressed from a BM70 win just prior to Christmas to a near five-length victory in the G3 Vanity at Flemington a fortnight ago in a jaw-dropping performance which took even her co-trainer by surprise.
"If any trainer goes into a race like that telling you they're going to win by five lengths, they're kidding themselves, because you don't expect that," said Troy Corstens, who trains in partnership with his father Leon.
"It's not like we beat a bunch of hacks, we beat Personal, who is a Group 1 winner, so it was a surprise.
"We knew she was going good, but it was really a pleasant surprise."
"We could have taken the easy route and gone the (G2) Kewney Stakes the following week but we want to test her at the mile and we're not going to die wondering so we'll give her a crack at it," he said.
"She came through really well, she's probably improved since that run, which she needed to, and there's no reason not to have a crack at it."