Trainer Michael Lakey is hoping his patience with stable star Risk Aversion will finally be rewarded during the upcoming Brisbane winter carnival.
Risk Aversion is set to make her reappearance following a two-month break in the Listed Winningedge Bright Shadow Quality (1200m) at Eagle Farm on Easter Saturday.
The four-year-old made her comeback with an unlucky third to Crystal Doll on a rain-affected track over 1200 metres at Eagle Farm in February before Lakey elected to give her another ease-up ahead of a winter carnival campaign.
A Sydney trip for the for the G1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) was mooted during ther autum but Lakey decided to hold off and wait for easier pickings during the Brisbane winter.
Her owner, prominent breeder John Hutchins, won the Coolmore Classic with the Peter Moody-trained Typhoon Tracy in 2009.
Lakey can sense a big change in mood with Risk Aversion who looked particularly sharp in trackwork at Deagon on Tuesday morning.
"She freshened up nicely after I gave her 12 days in the paddock and her work at Deagon on Tuesday was very good," Lakey said.
"She looks terrific and will strip a lot fitter this time and she's a great chance from barrier five.
"She's come back a lot stronger this time in and I'm expecting she'll run further this preparation.
"I was happy with her first-up run but there wasn't a suitable race around for her after that so I put her back out in the paddock for a short break.
"She'll run in the Bright Shadow and then in another two weeks and if she measures up she'll head to the better races in the winter."
Long term Lakey hopes Risk Aversion can prove herself a contender for the G1 Tatts Tiara (1400m) at Eagle Farm in June.
Risk Aversion has come back with a bigger frame this campaign and Lakey is looking forward to seeing the daughter of Encosta De Lago perform on a good track.
Risk Aversion has a G1 pedigree with her half-sister Shania Dane placed at the elite level while her half-brother Scintillation won three G1 races in Hong Kong.
Lakey believes Risk Aversion is yet to fulfil her true potential despite an excellent record of four wins and two placings from only six starts.
Racing Queensland webnews April 5
Photo: Graham Potter