THE recent spate of hard tracks is a cause of concern for Warrnambool trainer Daniel Bowman.
Bowman saddles up talented mare Golden Halo in the $125,000 Royal Ascot Handicap at Flemington on Saturday but the group one-winning trainer is weighing up his options for the four-year-old galloper.
"I understand we're in the middle of the summer but I would prefer if there was a bit of give in the tracks," Bowman said.
"I'll wait to see what the track rating is at Flemington before we say we're running.
"Golden Halo just needs a bit of give in the track to show her best in her races. She handles good tracks but finds it tougher on hard ground."
Bookmakers rate Golden Halo a $6.50 chance in the early betting markets for the Royal Ascot Handicap.
Bowman's stable star Begood Toya Mother will miss the All-Star Mile and the Futurity Stakes after pulling up sore following an unplaced run on a hard track in the Orr Stakes at Caulfield last Saturday.
Ciaron Maher, who trains in partnership with David Eustace, accepted with Loving Gaby in the $750,000 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes at Flemington.
Loving Gaby, the winner of three of her eight starts, tackles the speedy Nature Strip in the 1000-metre race down the famous straight.
The powerful training duo also has Amish Boy, Bonvicini, Fascino and Toscanini running on the nine-race program.
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