Top central districts jockey Lisa Allpress is confident about the chances of Strada Roccia at Thursday's Feilding meeting at Woodville, according to trainer Mike Breslin.
The Road to Rock filly will run in the Martin Beveridge Maiden over 1400m, with the Heavy 11 track the main concern for the Awapuni horseman.
"She tries and I think she is a chance, but just lacks a little bit of strength yet," Breslin said.
"The only thing is that it's probably going to be a bit wetter than when she struck Woodville last time."
Strada Roccia was an impressive second in that race last month, after coming off the pace on the heavy ground.
Breslin said he has taken confidence from comments made by jockey Lisa Allpress after the mare's most recent fourth at Awapuni on May 20.
"Her rider (Lisa Allpress) is reasonably confident, that's the main reason I am running her. Lisa said she was pretty confident she'd win on her next start after Palmerston North.
"She never really got a clear passage up the straight. The horse outside was leaning on her for a good portion of the straight and Lisa felt she never got a chance to get in the clear."
Regardless of the outcome, Breslin said Strada Roccia will be going out for a spell with a spring campaign in mind.
"She'll go in the paddock win, lose or draw and have a month off and come back a lot stronger horse in the spring."
Breslin will line-up two other runners at Woodville tomorrow.
He rates The Czar as his best chance after an unlucky second at Awapuni last start.
"He got stuck behind a slow horse, but got home really well. He's right on the verge of winning another race," Breslin said.
Meanwhile, the abandonment of trials at Foxton over the last few weeks has forced Breslin's hand into running Handsome Ransom mare Dandeedee.
"The distance is probably going to be a bit short for her, but we're just going to be treating it as a stepping stone fitness-wise because we're sick of waiting for the trials," he said.