WHEN Bathurst owned mare Ameretto was taken to Western Australia for the first time in her career, there was one race which trainer-driver Kerryn Manning specifically had in mind for her.
After winning her maiden start in the west then backing that up with a solid third last week, the race Manning is targeting - the Westral Mares Classic (2,536 metres) - has now arrived.
On Friday night at Gloucester Park, the Ryan and Tracey Grives owned daughter of Million Dollar Cam will go from barrier five in the Group 1 contest.
While Ameretto faces stiff competition from the likes of Mark Purdon's A Piccadilly Princess who bettered her last Friday, Manning has faith in her six-year-old.
“She's a very versatile horse, she can do a bit of work or sit back and sprint,” the Greater Western trainer said.
“She always tries very hard and she is hard to get past.
“She's our little star and she's just done such a great job.”