Curraghmore graduate Loose Cannon will step out at Ellerslie on Saturday in the Gr.3 Soliloquy Stakes (1400m).
The Tavistock filly in aiming to enhance her claims for the Gr.1 Gavelhouse.com 1000 Guineas (1600m) at Riccarton on November 17, for which she is at $14 in the futures market.
"If she goes well here, she'll go to the 1000 Guineas," trainer Stephen Marsh said.
"She had 10 days off after her last run but her work has been good and this race will clean her up nicely for Riccarton.
"Media Sensation is backing up from winning last week and she looks hard to beat in a pretty good lineup but our filly's form is good. If she had luck on her side she would have finished third to Advantage and Xpression [in the Gr.3 Gold Trail Stakes at Hastings] which would make her form look better.
"She nearly got put over the rail but she finished it off well and she's going well."
Loose Cannon was offered at $10 in the TAB's Soliloquy market behind Media Sensation at $3.50, Queen Of The Air at $4 and London Express at $4.20.
Running in the Go Racing silks, Loose Cannon was pinhooked as a weanling out of the New Zealand Bloodstock draft of Brighthill Farm before making $150,000 as a yearling when sold by Curraghmore. -NZ Racing Desk