Kayla Nisbet will ride Katique at Hawkesbury on Sunday. Photo: Rohan Thomson
After three runner-up finishes from six starts, trainer John Nisbet is hoping start No.7 is lucky for his three-year-old galloper, Katique.
The Danzero filly will make the trip north to Hawkesbury on Sunday to contest a maiden handicap over 1500 metres for fillies and mares.
It will be the first time Katique has raced over the trip, but at her last two starts she relished getting out to 1400 metres, finishing second on both occasions.
Nisbet's daughter, apprentice rider Kayla Nisbet, will ride the three-year-old on Sunday, and the Canberra trainer believes her three-kilogram claim will give Katique every opportunity.
"I think the distance should suit her. She's bred to run a lot further than that [1500m]," Nisbet said.
"There are a couple of first starters in the field that are well bred, but over 1500 first start might be a tough test.
"[Peter] Snowden's horse [Pattamada] looks the one to beat. She'll be the short-priced favourite, but overall I don't think it's a hard race, actually. I think it's a good race for her [Katique]."
Nisbet is unsure as to how the race will pan out for Katique, who will jump from the inside alley.
"We would prefer to ride her a bit quieter and have a big run at them, but having a look at the field, that might not happen," he said.
"Kayla will just have to work it out. Hopefully something will come across and she'll get a bit of a trail.
"But if they want to go really slow, she'll probably end up in front, and if that happens, so be it."
Nisbet believes his filly has a good chance of breaking through, based on what she has shown.
"Her runs have been really good," the trainer said.
"She's led and run well, and got back and run well.
"She's a nice filly actually."
Sunday's outing for Katique will be the fifth for this campaign, and while there are plenty of options for her regardless of the result, Nisbet confirmed that a spell in the paddock is not one of them.
"She's doing really well in the stables. I think we'll get a few more runs out of her this time in," he said.