A pair of last-start winners loom as leading chances for Shane Kennedy and Anna Furlong in Saturday's Listed Dunedin Guineas (1500m) at Wingatui – a race the Riccarton trainers have won twice in the last six years.
This year the pair will venture south with a two-pronged attack made up of Quintabelle and Warning Signal.
In their only appearances since then, Quintabelle and Warning Signal scored stylish Rating 65 victories over 1400m and 1200m respectively on January 18.
“They were both really good in those last-start wins,” Furlong said. “We were originally planning to trial Warning Signal and then run her in the Gore Guineas (Listed, 1335m), but she just had a little bit of a foot niggle that held her up and forced us to change tack. She put that behind her and came out and won very nicely at Riccarton.
“Quintabelle went into her resuming run without a trial as well and was quite fresh that day. It was a good performance and she's taken good improvement from it. We're very happy with how both fillies are tracking.”
“It's a bit of a tricky draw, but we're hoping it might not be too much of an issue for her – especially with the prospect of a bit of rain around,” Furlong said. “It may end up being where the better ground is.”