GLENN Thornton is concerned about the barrier, but he can’t fault emerging mare Vibrant Rouge as she bids for her third consecutive city win in tomorrow’s Williamstown Handicap at Flemington.
Vibrant Rouge, to be ridden by Thornton’s son Damien, has drawn the outside barrier, but the scratchings of Khalifa and Chalupa has softened that initial draw back.
Thornton said Vibrant Rouge had progressed well since winning down the straight at Flemington on December 15.
“She has done really, really well, but the barrier is a little bit of a hiccup,” Thornton said.
“But the way she races she is probably going to go back anyway and just slot in somewhere. I think that she will run well.”
Thornton said he didn’t expect Vibrant Rouge’s step up to the 1400 metres for the first time to be an issue.
He said there appears to be sufficient speed in the race to give Vibrant Rouge, the $2.25 favourite with Sportingbet Australia, every chance to showcase the ability that has seen her win four of her five starts.
“Obviously, she is going to need a little luck at some stage, but I’m confident that she has done well since her last run,” Thornton said.
“She is not a big filly so we don’t have to work her hard, she keeps herself pretty fit.”
Asked if there were ambitious plans for the mare, Thornton replied: “Tomorrow will tell us if we can take that next step to contest better races.”