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Miss Andretti s little sister fancied first-up
Miss Andretti's little sister fancied first-up

Co-trainer Bruce Watkins is upbeat about the chances of Peggie's Dream at Ascot today despite the exciting mare facing her biggest test in the tabtouch.mobi Sprint (1000m).

Peggie's Dream, a little sister to champion sprinter Miss Andretti, will be out to boost her near-perfect record of six wins from seven starts.

The five-year-old mare is a day-to-day proposition and has been raced sparingly because of a wind operation earlier in her career and other ongoing issues.

Her only defeat was at Belmont Park last October when she ran third to boom sprinter Travinator after struggling to carry 59kg.

Watkins, who trains with Gary Hitchcock, scored a valuable black-type win with Peggie's Dream when she won the Listed Jungle Mist Classic (1200m) at Ascot last November.

They are likely to target another black-type race, the $80,000 Cyril Flower Stakes (1200m) in a fortnight, if Peggie's Dream makes an impressive return today.

All signs point to a big first-up run after the daughter of Ihtiram's strong trial win at Bunbury on January 25.

Under a quiet ride from jockey William Pike, Peggie's Dream led all the way to beat Red Hot Sax over 1000m in the fastest trial of the day.

Jason Whiting replaces the suspended Pike on Peggie's Dream today.

"There are a couple of horses that are better than what she's beaten in the past," Watkins said.

"She's won six out of seven but this is her toughest test. Time will tell. She had a good, hard hit-out in the trial and hopefully she's close to peak fitness.

"We're still taking it one race at a time with her."

·Peter Knuckey has picked up the plum ride on Princess Hallowell in next Saturday's $250,000 Magic Millions Perth 2YO Classic (1100m). Knuckey replaces Paul Harvey, who opted not to ride Princess Hallowell at 54.5kg.

Trainer Neville Parnham could have three runners in the classic, with Magnus Missile and Vital Importance under consideration to join Lenience in the feature.

Lenience was an impressive debut winner last month before running a last-start second to Princess Hallowell.

"We'll have a crack with him and I think he's the next best behind Petrol Power and Princess Hallowell," Parnham said.

"Magnus Missile will probably go that way too."