Playing to the strengths of talented mare Ingear has been a deliberate strategy by trainer Tony Gollan.
Last campaign, Gollan started Ingear four times in races from 1300 metres to a mile and came up empty-handed on each occasion.
Rather than test the four-year-old’s stamina reserves this preparation, Gollan is content to keep Ingear in her comfort zone in short-course sprints.
“I tried to get her out to 1300 metre and longer races but there’s probably no need to go further than 1200 metres with her,” Gollan said.
Ingear will start favourite in the BRC Girl’s Day Out 20 March Handicap for fillies and mares at Eagle Farm on Saturday which Gollan believes is an ideal target.
“The 1200 metres is her right distance at the moment and this race sets up really well for her,” he said.
“It doesn’t matter whether she leads or takes a sit, it’s not really important to her.”
Gollan is not concerned by the presence of noted leader Chivargo, who is drawn alongside Ingear.
“If Chivargo wants to go faster then Ingear can take a sit in behind, it doesn’t matter,” he said.
Ingear made a successful return to racing in a 1000 metre class two Handicap at Eagle Farm on January 21.
“The step up from 1000 metres is positive and she’s a lovely filly with a good action,” Gollan said.
“When she won first-up she was the only horse to lead and win that day and she was also the only one to win on the inside part of the track.”
Gollan said Ingear had thrived during the past fortnight.
“She looks much better and she’s trained on beautifully,” he said.
“Muscle tone, coat, health, everything about her is better and she’ll present in good order on Saturday.”
Ingear will be ridden by Michael Rodd, who has forged a highly successful combination with Gollan since relocating to Brisbane from Singapore late last year.
From 27 rides for Gollan this season, Rodd has chalked up 10 winners.
Among those was Air Spirit at the Sunshine Coast last Saturday, a ride that earned a glowing review from the trainer.