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Queensland's toughest mare Plucky Girl is set to step up for her first black-type assignment in the Group Three Glenlogan Park Stakes at Doomben.
Plucky Girl took her career statistics to eight wins, 10 minor placings and a fourth from 20 starts when she won the Tamworth Cup at her most recent start on April 29.
Stable foreman for his father trainer Toby Edmonds, Trent Edmonds, said Plucky Girl had been a marvel and it would be silly to say she was not a stakes horse.
"She just keeps taking the next step and surprising us," he said.
"She has got a prize money cheque in 19 of her 20 runs. The only time she missed was on a bog track when she was well beaten and eased out of the race.
"But she has done it all in one campaign. She has been in work since March last year. She really has been an eye opener as the owners sent her here to win a race so her breeding value would be increased."
"She has more than done that and we can't remember training a more consistent horse."
Edmonds said Plucky Girl spent most of her time on the family farm near the Gold Coast where she "pottered around" in a yard.
"She deserves her chance at something better and at this stage that will be on Saturday," Edmonds said.
Plucky Girl is one of 21 entries taken for Saturday's Group Three Glenlogan (1350m) headed by Group One-winning Chris Waller-trained stablemates Foxplay and Shillelagh.
Trainer Matt Dunn is relieved comeback jockey James McDonald is clear to ride Care to Think in the Group One Kingsford Smith Cup at Doomben.
McDonald resumed after an 18-month disqualification for a betting offence with a double at Warwick Farm races on Wednesday but was suspended for four days at Kembla Grange on Thursday.
Dunn booked McDonald to ride Care To Think in the Kingsford Smith to replace Jeff Lloyd.
McDonald, who rode another two winners at Rosehill on Saturday, will not begin his suspension until Sunday week and will be eligible to ride at the Sunshine Coast meeting on June 2 if required.
"I booked James with the intention of him testing Care To Think as a Stradbroke Handicap mount," Dunn said.
"I don't know what weight Care to Think will get in the Stradbroke. It is weight-for-age in the Kingsford Smith. But if Care To Think wins the Kingsford Smith Cup he will probably get 55kg in the Stradbroke which will suit James."
Care To Think is among the leading chances for both the Kingsford Smith and and Stradbroke Handicap on June 9 after an eye-catching sixth in the Group One Doomben 10,0000 at his last start.
The gelding came from near last after drawing a wide barrier but finished close-up in a great Stradbroke trial.
"He just needs a good barrier for a change on Saturday," Dunn said.
Care To Think will be McDonald's first Group One ride since Holler finished unplaced in the 2016 Darley Classic during the Melbourne spring carnival.
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