Ascot trainer Trevor Andrews is expecting a strong rehearsal for the Magic Millions Perth 2YO Classic from robust filly Princess Hallowell today.
Princess Hallowell and impressive debut winner Petrol Power look to be the two leading contenders for the $250,000 Ascot feature in a fortnight.
The Oratorio filly, who cost owner Craig Thompson $110,000 at last year's Perth yearling sale, was freshened after her explosive all-the-way win by four lengths over 1000m a month ago.
Princess Hallowell was gunned down by Flying Zoe by a nose when second in a 400m trial at Belmont Park on January 21.
Flying Zoe franked the form with a strong victory on debut at Ascot on Wednesday.
Andrews has Princess Hallowell near peak fitness for today's Frank and Rona Plate (1000m) but said there was improvement in her for the Magic Millions.
"She's had a soft trial and a couple of gallops," Andrews said.
"She's quite a hardy filly that needs plenty of work. She's about 90 per cent fit for this and should have a bit of improvement for the Magic Millions."
After the scratching of Chielo Rossa, Princess Hallowell will start from barrier eight in the field of nine.
She will carry 56kg, with champion jockey Paul Harvey in the saddle.
Danehill Express colt Lenience, a solid debut winner over 1000m a fortnight ago, is her only rival with race experience.
"She should be hard to beat," Andrews said.
"Lenience goes pretty well but she has speed and should be able to cross.
"I'm pretty pleased with where she's at."
Andrews will chase his third MM Perth 2YO Classic win after victories with Time To Climb (2010) and Ravinia (2006).
The Ascot trainer's promising two-year-old Mo Gasur has been ruled out of the race. The impressive trial winner pulled up shin sore after running third to Flying Zoe on debut on Wednesday.
Andrews also has Accrual set for today's Felkong Handicap (1600m).
The former Lloyd Williams-owned galloper led all the way to beat Operational over 2100m last Saturday. He was an impressive 1 1/4 -length winner over 1600m two starts ago.
"I don't want him leading and thought it was sensible dropping him back in distance," Andrews said.
"He'll keep Classique Ivory honest."
·Clint Harvey's application to have DNA tests done on a urine sample which tested positive to a prohibited substance was dismissed yesterday by the Racing Penalties Appeal Tribunal.
The jockey's lawyers wanted the sample, taken at the Lark Hill barrier trials in November, to be tested further to prove it was actually from him.
Harvey was stood down from riding in November.
"The stewards' inquiry will now resume as soon as we can arrange it," chief steward Brad Lewis said.