Connections of lightly raced filly Loose Cannon will be hoping she can bookend her season with victories at Ruakaka when she contests the Montfield Quarry (1200m) at the Northland track on Saturday.
The Stephen Marsh-trained runner won on debut at the Northland track last September and backed up later that month to finish a creditable fourth in the Gr.3 Gold Trail Stakes at Hastings.
“Unfortunately she was badly interfered with twice and just about pushed through the fence in the home straight,” Go Racing Manager Albert Bosma said.
“To go onto run fourth was a testament to her talent and determination but it should have been a lot closer.”
The daughter of Tavistock will cap off her season with a hit-and-run northern mission on Saturday before she is set aside for spring racing.
“She’ll just have the one run before we put her away for a month’s winter break,” Marsh said. “The big focus for her is spring and summer racing.”
Bosma is confident heading into Saturday with his filly and is eyeing black-type targets with her next season.
“We are happy with her draw for Saturday of barrier seven. From there, she should be able to sit in the first half of the field,” he said.
“We are starting afresh with her. She’s a smart filly who can go through the grades in the spring and we would like to think she will be ready to tackle black type in the autumn.”