By the time Peace Force gets to the Gold Coast for her Magic Millions assignment, she won’t have raced for seven weeks.
But that does not concern her trainer Gerald Ryan who says she has shown him she is fit enough for Saturday’s $1 million Fillies and Mares (1300m).
The mare has already had one aborted trip to Queensland this campaign, injuring herself on the float and missing the Lough Neagh Stakes on December 11 for which she was favourite.
Ryan opted not to run her in the Goldmarket Handicap won by stablemate Bachman at the Gold Coast on Boxing Day.
“She had a float trip up to Brisbane and back again and that’s like having two races,” Ryan said.
“She didn’t need to run. We gave her a good gallop at Rosehill on Saturday morning and she is ready for the race.”
Peace Force had her most recent start at Rosehill on November 28 when she ran third in the Festival Stakes won by Mighty Lucky.
She will carry the second highest weight of 58.5kg in her race on Saturday with the David Pfieffer-trained Cradle Me on 60kg.
Cradle Me goes to the Gold Coast on the back of two recent stakes wins in Sydney.
Peace Force has won five races for Ryan since she joined his stable from John O’Shea who took up the position as private trainer for Sheikh Mohammed in mid-2014.
Her stakes performances include victory over Solicit in the Group Three Glenlogan Park Stakes after her stablemate beat her in the Darley Crown.
Solicit is back in training after a short break following her Group Three win in the Summoned Stakes at Sandown in November.
“The plan is to run her in the Expressway Stakes later this month,” Ryan said.
“She only had three weeks off but she only had three starts in the spring and she looks really well.”
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