Exciting Bendigo mare Miee Leonidas makes her return to the racetrack at Caulfield on Sunday.
Trainer Shaun Dwyer had planned to run Miss Leonidas first-up on Caulfield Cup day on October 20, but a cracking trial two weeks ago forced Dwyer to change his mind.
"We decided to push ahead and run her a bit earlier because she probably didn't lose as much fitness in her break as what I thought she would,'' Dwyer admitted.
"She's had a couple of impressive pieces of work lately, so we'll run her on Sunday.
"1100m first-up is probably a bit of a concern and this is the toughest field she's raced against.
"I think she's probably good enough to win. She's a different horse now to last time in."
Miss Leonidas looked outstanding when she thrashed her rivals by six lengths at Moonee Valley in June.
Dwyer put her out for a spell with the spring carnival in mind.
Depending on how she runs on Sunday, going forward Dwyer has two options for Miss Leonidas.
"Caulfield Cup day in three weeks will be her next target,'' Dwyer said.
"If she runs well on Sunday then we might look at the Group Two 1000m race.
"If that's not enticing then there's a 1100m race for mares.
"She'll run in one of those two races and then we'll decide if we go to Flemington for the carnival."
It's a big weekend for the Dwyer stable.
On Saturday at Mornington he'll saddle up half-brothers Heavenward and Kharnmosh.
Heavenward is bursting to win a race.
Since breaking his maiden at his second career starts, Heavenward has ran in the placings at his past four starts.
From barrier one, and with Dwayne Dunn in the saddle, the four-year-old gelding looks well placed in the Benchmark 70 1000m Handicap.
“I think Heavenward is my best for the weekend,’’ Dwyer said.
Kharnmosh has also been consistent without winning.
The five-year-old has one and four seconds from nine career starts, including three second placings in his past five starts.
Kharnmosh, to be ridden by in-form apprentice Lachlan King, has drawn barrier one in the Benchmark 70 1500m Handicap.