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As popular for her striking looks as her speed on the track, the unbeaten Miss Vista is a nearing a return to the races.
With her unusual white markings and blue eyes, the four-year-old has attracted much attention since she made her debut at Ballarat in March.
Trainer George Osborne is looking to give her an exhibition gallop at Bendigo on Wednesday and kick off her campaign at Moonee Valley nine days later or the following week at Caulfield.
After the Ballarat win, she added a city victory at Flemington a month later.
“She’s created that (attention) by the way she looks, and the fact that she runs very fast I suppose,” Kyneton-based Osborne said.
He believes the best example of why Miss Vista has drawn such attention is the head-on vision of her Flemington win.
“If you try to watch another horse in the race, you can’t,” he said.
“You just get fixed on her, no matter who you’re trying to look at.
“It’s near impossible for her not to draw your attention to her.”
Osborne said Miss Vista had been “terrific” in two Geelong jump-outs on the synthetic track.
He is planning to gallop her on the grass at Wednesday’s Bendigo meeting if the track isn’t too heavy.
“Due to all the wet weather we haven’t given her a gallop on a grass track this preparation, not that that’s a huge issue but I wouldn’t mind doing it,” he said.
If she doesn’t make the field for a benchmark-78 over 955 metres at Moonee Valley’s night meeting on Friday week, Miss Vista will run in a benchmark race over 1000m at Caulfield.
“We’re not going to be throwing her in the deep end at this stage,” Osborne said.
“She’s a four-year-old mare and doesn’t have the advantage of racing her own age any more.
“I do feel she’ll get her chance to race in black type races, but it may be next preparation or the preparation after.”