Turaath (Image: Racing Photos)
Trainer Maddie Raymond couldn't be any happier with Turaath going into Saturday's Group 2 Furphy Let's Elope Stakes (1400m), saying the import is showing no signs of training off.
Sixth-up and still in her first Australian preparation, the tough mare will seek her fourth-straight victory under Raymond, after previously racing in the United Kingdom.
The Warrnambool-based horsewoman says the well-bred daughter of Oasis Dream worked impressively when galloping at Ararat on Tuesday and is going into the Stakes test in better condition than she was leading into her last-start victory in a Benchmark 90 handicap (1400m) for mares at Caulfield on August 28.
The five-year-old will be ridden by Damian Lane after her regular rider Jye McNeil elected to partner the Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr-trained Quantum Mechanic in the $300,000 feature.
"Great to have Damian on board, we've worked together for years and he's obviously an elite rider at the highest level, so we've got no concerns with him thankfully jumping on," Raymond said.
"I couldn't be any happier with her going into Saturday. She's come through her last win really well and keeps eating up enormously, she's even improved in the coat, which we weren't expecting deep into a prep, so we're really looking forward to what she can produce.
"I think she'll be better returning to Flemington as well, she'll be able to balance up around the corner and will hopefully settle a bit more.
"She doesn't need to lead, it's just the way it panned out last start having to be tactical in a small field. I think she would settle a lot more with a bit of cover. She's a sassy mare and still has a lot of improvement to come hopefully as she continues to mature."
The tough galloper will carry the limit weight 55kg for Saturday's set-weights-and-penalties contest for mares and is second favourite with TAB at $4.40, behind topweight Instant Celebrity ($3.90).
Turaath is out of 2015 Listed City of York Stakes winner Fadhayyil and a half-sister to three European Stakes winners.
She was purchased for 35,000 guineas (approximately A$70,000) by managing owner John Nicholls from the 2020 Tattersalls December Mares sale, after winning one of her seven British starts for Shadwell Stud.
If she wins Saturday's event it would deliver Raymond her first black-type success.
"It would mean a lot and as I've said, we couldn't be any happier with her going into it," she said.
"We've always thought she was a black-type horse but she's already exceeded our expectations for her first preparation here, so we'll just continue to take it race by race.
"We're really lucky to have her in the stable for great owners and hope that she continues to reach her potential."