The Golden Slipper campaign of exciting filly Four Moves Ahead is back on course after she impressed trainer John Sargent in a crucial trackwork gallop at Randwick.
The daughter of Snitzel was scratched from last Saturday’s Silver Slipper after she kicked out and injured a knee while in her box just days before the race.
Sargent said he was happy with how the filly had recovered and confirmed she would take her place in the Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday.
“She did everything right this morning so we can put that behind us,” Sargent said.
“Nash (Rawiller) galloped her over half a mile and she came back well.
“She’s a natural two-year-old with a lovely attitude and she’s very tractable.”
Rawiller has been booked to ride the youngster, who is one of 18 nominations for Saturday’s fillies’ feature.
Four Moves Ahead stamped herself as a Golden Slipper prospect with an impressive debut victory on the Randwick Kensington track last month.
She is raced by Jonathan Munz of Pinecliff Racing, which also owns and races her stakes-winning half-sister Emeralds.
Emeralds, also trained by Sargent, clocked the fastest final 600m sectional time on the program when an eye-catching third behind Savatiano and Kolding in the Expressway Stakes first up last month.
Jason Collett put the mare through a solid workout on her own at Randwick on Tuesday and Sargent indicated the gun New Zealand hoop would again be in the driver’s seat when Emeralds lined up in the Guy Walter Proven Thoroughbreds Stakes (1400m) on the Randwick program.
“She did some terrific work this morning,” Sargent said.
“We couldn’t be happier with her.”
Sargent has also been delighted with the progress of Elizabeel, who takes on the likes of dual Group One winner Montefilia and Light Fingers Stakes winner Every Rose in the Surround Stakes (1400m).
Elizabeel will tackle the $500,000 race second up following a strong finishing fourth in the Light Fingers two week ago.