Tumbarumba racing fans will have their eyes glued to the television and ears pricked and listening to the radio at 12.05pm on Saturday when Mouse Almighty steps out in the TAB High Handicap at Randwick.
The daughter of Star Witness, who is out of Lacey Lou, might only stand at 14 and a half hands tall, but she will be carrying a town in the 1000m Class Three Handicap, that has her up against some of the best young sprinters in country NSW.
Despite the challenge ahead, trainer George Dimitropoulos is quietly confident his little filly can make the jump up in class.
“We didn’t draw well but I don’t think she is out of it, she has improved a lot since her last run and she is a very capable type,” Dimitropoulos said.
“She hasn’t missed a beat and her work has been perfect.”
The Tumbarumba trainer said that whatever happened on Saturday, they would head back home happy and ready to give Mouse Almighty a well-deserved spell.
“I shouldn’t ask for anymore of her, you can put a benchmark on a horse and think they will be nice and handy but until they prove it and win, it doesn’t mean anything,” Dimitropoulos said.
“I think in her last couple of runs, she has proven she has that ability, and no matter what happens is Sydney; win, lose or draw, she will go out for a well-earned break.”
The three-year-old has been in fine form of late, winning a non-TAB maiden at Corowa on April 18, before making the huge leap in grade to win a Class Three at Wagga on May 1.
What made her most recent win all the more impressive was how well she glided through the heavy conditions, beating listed and Highway Handicap placegetters in the process.
“She went super at Wagga, she loved the mud and got through it with ease,” Dimitropoulos said.
The part-time trainer and full time café owner admitted Saturday would be a tough task, especially after drawing gate 13, but explained that claiming apprentice Louise Day would offer a good weight allowance.
“I don’t think she can lead in that field, but we aren’t going to change anything, we will give her a good dig out of the gates and go forward on her and if she beats half the field out and gets a nice sit, you better watch out,” Dimitropoulos said.
“Plus we get a three-kilo claim with the young girl (Louise Day) riding her and everyone has told me she has quiet alot of ability, the stewards said her riding style will suit our girl.”
When quizzed on Mouse Almighty’s biggest attribute before her career-defining run in ‘town’, Dimitropoulos showered the little filly with complements.
“No doubt, the penny has only dropped with her, she is just a fighter and wants to win races,” Dimitropoulos said.
“Mentally she is very tough, she is one of the toughest horses I have ever trained and I mean that.”