Emerging star Francaletta (High Chaparral x Snow Peak) will tackle the Gr.3 Boehringer Ingelheim Metric Mile at Awapuni on Saturday.
The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman-trained five-year-old mare will start favourite shooting for her sixth win from seven starts after an emphatic first-up sprint win at Hastings earlier this month.
"It's a tough ask second-up jumping from 1200m to a mile but it's a stakes race and she deserves her shot," Baker said.
"We are hoping the track doesn't get too heavy because then it becomes an even harder task. But we're happy with her. She's a good galloper and we think she's fit enough."
Baker has yet to make plans past Saturday's race for Francaletta, who is raced by Lib Petagna, crowned New Zealand's owner of the year at last Sunday's New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing Awards, but he is shying away from a tilt at the Gr.1 Livamol Classic (2040m) at Hastings on October 7.
"A lot of High Chaparral mares are best over sharper trips. Personally, I think 1600m, maybe 1400m, is her best distance, but we'll just see how she races on Saturday," Baker said.
Francaletta was purchased by astute bloodstock agent Bruce Perry for $65,000 from Trelawney Stud's 2014 Inglis Easter draft.- NZ Racing Desk.