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Davies hot to trot as the winners fall her way
Jockey Jerry Noske walks Musheer, driver Kiara Davies leads Village Slickers and trainer Mark Morrone handles Kielo. Picture: Dione Davidson/WA News

Promising reinswoman Kiara Davies is making rapid progress since launching her career with $500 cast-off Arts Gangsta and is in demand for Gloucester Park engagements on Friday night.

Early bookings for the 24-year-old include trainer Bob Mellsop's in-form Little Boy Blue and Anvils Big Punt, from Michael Brennan's stable.

Davies scored her 20th win when skilfully rating leader Little Boy Blue in last Friday night's Yes Loans Pace (1730m).

"A reinsman knocked back the chance to drive our horse last week and Kiara seized the opportunity when asked to step in," Waroona-based Mellsop said.

"I was impressed by her initiative in the race.

"She showed excellent judgment and there was no hesitation to book her again."

Anvils Big Punt was an eye-catching fourth last Friday week for Brennan.

"I'm delighted to be sought for drives from leading stables," Davies said.

"It's always my ambition to be a successful race driver.

"Arts Gangsta was my first winner, after I bought him for $500 two years ago, and he remains a favourite in my eyes.

"I've driven him to four wins, but my outside opportunities have only started to take off recently."

Meanwhile, leading Melbourne trainer Dean Braun plans to start top filly Nike Franco in Friday week's WA Oaks (2536m).

The Kiwi import will be seeking her ninth win in 10 starts this year in Friday's Victoria Oaks (2240m) at Melton.

"Nike Franco is tough and is up to winning two classics in a week," Braun said.

"She can prove herself as Australia's best filly."

Main local hope Libertybelle Midfrew will also face tough opposition from last-start SA Oaks placegetter Dontdoubtme in the WA Oaks.

The West Australian

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