Co-trainer Troy Corstens (Image: Racing Photos)
Saturday will likely tell co-trainer Troy Corstens plenty about his promising filly For Real Life but, after a nice-enough debut at Flemington three weeks ago, he's confident she's got above-average ability.
"She'll most likely go to the paddock after this, but she's a really nice filly in the making," he said of the two-year-old by Golden Slipper winner Capitalist.
Having shown in her debut run she can handle the Flemington straight, albeit with few favours in running, For Real Life has drawn ideally in barrier five for Saturday's 1100-metre assignment.
"She had no cover whatsoever and did it the tough way first-up so, hopefully, we can get a little bit of cover on Saturday, which will see her relax just that little bit more," said Corstens, who trains in partnership with his father Leon.
"We've given her a mini jumpout in between just to get her in behind horses and teaching her to drop her head; she did that very nicely and we expect to see her do that on Saturday."
WATCH: For Real Life's debut
If she performs to expectations, she'll have only a limited time in the paddock after this run ahead of a spring campaign.
"She does look like a really nice sprinting filly, she won't need a hell of a long time off," he said.
"We'll take her to the farm (near Benalla) for a little refresh and then she'll come back for the spring.
"There's a couple of nice races over the Flemington Carnival; pie in the sky stuff we are running in the better three-year-old sprint races."
The second of Constens runners for Saturday is three-year-old filly Sweet Karolina, who was scratched from a 1600-metre race on Wednesday in favour of a testing step-up to 2000m at Flemington.
"She's got the unfortunate disposition that she hits a real flat spot in her races and it takes quite a lot of riding to get through that," he said.
"Hopefully it's not too strong a field and she can get that city win against her name.
"She's still learning, she's quite an immature filly as well and she's by Starspangledbanner, so the 2000m is going to be a little question mark for us, but she races like a real stayer and we're training her at the moment."