ANNECY is out to build on her previous start at Dubbo when the Don and Andrew Ryan-trained mare returns to the same venue this Friday.
The Sebring mare takes on a small but classy field in the Dubbo Chamber Rhino Awards Cup Open Showcase Handicap (1,600 metres), searching for an improvement on her commendable fourth placing on the track last month.
Annecy gets to carry the minimum weight of 54kgs this time around, racing in the same grade as that latest run.
Andrew Ryan said the mare, who has proven a handful in previous campaigns, is racing with purpose of late.
"We've had a few issues with her in the past but hopefully they're behind us," he said.
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"We've been looking to get her up over a bit more ground so the mile should suit her this time.
"She went out last spell as a horse with issues but we're quite happy with the way she's come back. She's training well.
"Open handicaps are always strong but we're quite optimistic that she'll run a good race."
Brett Thompson's top weight runner Sugar Dance will be the one to watch in the race as he hunts for a third straight win.
Bathurst trainer Dean Mirfin has his stable star Jetgirl going around in the meeting's other open handicap, the Money Quest Open (1,000m).
Mirfin's Gemmahra makes her return from a half-year spell away from the track to make her third career start while Peter Stanley fields a pair of contenders.