In her final impressive workout at Moonee Valley on Monday morning, Imperatriz, a multiple Group 1 winner, left co-trainer Mark Walker satisfied ahead of her eagerly anticipated return in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) this Saturday.
Walker commented on the deliberate strategy of pushing Imperatriz out of her comfort zone during the workout, emphasizing the importance of keeping horses on their toes, especially as they mature.
“Get her out of her comfort zone a little bit… horses at their home tracks are a bit laidback sometimes, especially as they get a bit older,” explained Walker.
He acknowledged the disparity between trials and race day, expressing anticipation for Saturday's showdown.
Walker drew parallels to recent discussions about Mr Brightside's less-than-stellar jump-outs, highlighting the unpredictability of such assessments. He reassured that Imperatriz, a top-tier contender, has undergone routine evaluations without any cause for concern.
“These good horses have checks and balances every week, and there's nothing that's been out of place,” assured Walker.
He disclosed that Imperatriz is expected to carry a similar weight on Saturday as when she triumphed in her first-up race during the spring.
“We think she's pretty ready… they don't give Group 1s away, so you have to have them pretty ready,” Walker concluded, expressing confidence in Imperatriz's preparedness for the upcoming challenge.