Girl Returns Home For Sunday Stroll

Flemington trainer Danny O'Brien is hoping honest filly Pleasantsundaygirl can break through for her first home-track win in tomorrow's Group 2 Matron Stakes (1600m).

The promising filly takes on a big field of accomplished mares but looks well placed down in the weights.

After finishing runner-up over 1400m fresh in the Group 3 The Vanity she again placed in the Group 2 Armanasco Stakes over a mile at Caulfield where she raced on the speed from a wide gate.

With a light weight and a far better draw tomorrow O'Brien expects a bold showing.

"It looks a competitive race but we've drawn a nice barrier, she's such a promising filly and she's never run a bad race," O'Brien said.

"It looks a nice race for her."

The Cape Cross filly has three wins and three seconds from just six starts. Her last win was in the Listed Twilight Glow Stakes at her final start of last campaign where she raced on the speed over the 1400m journey and refused to give in.

With the two runs under her belt this time around the filly is ready to return to winning form and should take running down.

"She has good gate speed and always puts herself in the first two or three. From the good draw she should do that without spending any petrol. Her first run at the mile was good and hopefully she can go on with that and get the job done."

O'Brien rates the Group 1 placed Translate the hardest to beat and early betting reflects that.

TAB Sportsbet has posted Pleasantsundaygirl and the David Hayes-trained Translate as $4.00 equal favourites and the only two under double figures, while Like It Is holds the second line of betting at $10.00.

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