Reinswoman Michelle Phillips believes her charge Sebs Choice will have the edge over Beach Music when they contest the Group 2 APG Vic (4YO) Consolation Final at Melton.
Beach Music looks to be the one to beat but Phillips has every faith in Sebs Choice and says the extra race fitness will go in their favour.
Beach Music was first-up following a spell in her heat and could be lacking a bit of race sharpness going in to Saturday night’s final. And Phillips is keen to capitalise.
“He has race fitness on his side over Beach Music,” Phillips said ahead of the race. “And showed how good he is when he went 1:53 sitting parked in winning his APG heat as a three-year-old last year. There is no doubting this horse.”
Beach Music finished in the middle of the pack when Ladies In Red won the Vicbred Super Series final for three-year-old fillies at Melton on New Year’s Eve. She then took a break before returning in the APG Vic heat.
Phillips expects Beach Music to improve but she has a plan in mind over the 1720-metre sprint trip.
“Beach Music didn’t come out all that quick in her heat while Sebs Choice has got early speed, so we will go forward at the start and hopefully find the lead,” she added.
Phillips did have the option of driving stablemate Alby Two Chains, but that was never going to happen.
“There was never a doubt which horse I would drive,” she said.