Brooklyn Hustle (Image: Racing Photos)
While Jason Warren is yet to 100 per cent commit to Saturday's $1.25 million Group 1 Newmarket Handicap (1200m), he is sure that if he elects to go that way, Brooklyn Hustle won't be making up the numbers.
The Rosemont Stud-owned mare found the way into the blackbook of many with a luckless fourth placing in the Oakleigh Plate first-up.
"She bounced through the run really well," Warren explained.
"You don't expect to go to a Group 1 and have a soft run, but it was a pretty soft run for her given how long she was held up for in the straight.
"It was a great run and watching the replay twice was probably enough.
"Her finishing sectionals were some of the best of the day, if not the best of the day, her last 600, 400 and 200 metres."
Connections are weighing up their options whether to stick to the original plan and run in the Newmarket or keep her fresh for the William Reid Stakes on March 19.
"We have toyed with the idea as she is a good fresh horse, for saving her for the William Reid," Warren said.
"The William Reid is a race I see really suitable for her on a track she races well.
"We took her to Sandown for a gallop this morning where she worked in company there and I am really happy with how she has trained on."
Despite having won just two races in her 11-start career, both over 1000 metres at The Valley, Warren has no concern rising to the 1200m nor doubts his horse's ability at the elite level - having finished fourth in each of her past three G1 attempts.
"I think she is looking for every bit of the six furlongs and could even be looking for a little bit further as the preparation goes on," Warren said.
"I think she is right up to the top level, obviously I have a vested interest in that and punters probably have a bit of a different view.
"I feel she is a genuine Group 1 winner in waiting so we will get our chance and she's going the right way."