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Star Queensland filly Plumaro has performed well in a jump-out in preparation for her sternest test in the Group Two BRC Sires' Produce Stakes at Doomben.
Plumaro gets back in her races and charges home which has trainer Kevin Kemp confident she will appreciate the 1350m on Saturday.
She has had four starts for two wins and two seconds and has been impressive each time she has stepped out.
The filly hasn't started since finishing second to Boomsara in a $250,000 feature race at the Gold Coast on March 17.
But Kemp has no worries about Plumaro going into the Sires' without a lead-up run.
"She had a little break and has been back for a while. She won her jump-out easily and she is ready to go on Saturday," Kemp said.
Senior jockey Jim Orman will replace apprentice Jag Guthmann-Chester on Plumaro.
"Jim is experienced in Group races now and has had plenty of luck for us with horses like Sold For Song," Kemp said.
Plumaro will probably press on to the Group One JJ Atkins (1600m) where she is safely in the field.
Resurgent jockey James McDonald has been credited with orchestrating Pedicel's successful introduction at Canterbury, following a strenuous barrier trial.
The Lindsay Park-trained filly showed the benefit of her last pre-race hit out when she claimed the All Too Hard@Vinery Handicap (1100m).
Stable representative Ryan Roberts singled out McDonald, who returned to racing a week ago after serving a betting-related disqualification, after Pedicel ($6) shaded Reginae ($9) by a half neck.
Tell Me, the $3.60 favourite, was a half-length third.
"The winning move was probably her last trial," Roberts said.
"James gave her a solid hit-out and that probably stood her in good stead today."
McDonald, who returns to Group One racing at Doomben on Saturday, guided the Redoute's Choice two-year-old through both her barrier trials including a sharp run over 900m at Rosehill on May 7.
Pedicel is considered a miler in the making so Roberts admitted there had been some concerns about the distance for her debut.
"We were obviously worried about the 1100 (metres) first-up, she's going to get over ground and be a better three-year-old," he said.
McDonald, who had a full book of seven rides at the midweek meeting to help hone his stamina ahead of Brisbane, agreed Pedicel was destined to develop over further.
"Even after her first trial I thought she's going to be a really nice three-year-old over a mile and she probably proved today as well," he said.
McDonald has eight rides at Doomben, including the Matt Dunn-trained Care To Think in the Group One Kingsford-Smith Cup (1350m) and Savacool for Chris Waller in the Queensland Oaks (2200m).
He was excited about heading to Brisbane though admitted the barrier draws for the duo would make life difficult.
The 26-year-old has won 30 Group One races and last rode at that level in the Darley Classic at Flemington in November, 2016.
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