POPULAR Warrnambool trainer Peter Chow hopes his unlucky filly Paul's Regret will finish the 2019-20 racing season off with a bang at Caulfield on Saturday.
Paul's Regret lines up against 13 rivals, including undefeated galloper Mystery Shot for fellow south-west trainer Lindsey Smith, in the $108,000 race over 1400 metres.
Chow said Mystery Shot was the benchmark for the three-year-old race.
"Lindsey has Mystery Shot flying," he said.
"Paul's Regret is going to have to be at the top of her game if she's to win but she's been very unlucky in a few runs.
"I'm worried with the barrier she's drawn.
"She should be running on the pace.
"She's been very consistent in this campaign.
"I thought of running her last week but this race suited because there's the VOBIS prizemoney and she's qualified.
"I would say she'll have this run and then we'll send her to the spelling paddock for a well deserved break."
Paul's Regret has won one race from her nine starts and been in the minor place-getters stall on three occasions.
Mystery Shot, who is chasing his fifth consecutive victory, is one of four horses Smith saddles up at the last metropolitan meeting for the season.
His other runners are No Say In It, River Delight and Great Again.
Fellow Warrnambool trainers Aaron Purcell and Symon Wilde have runners on the nine-race program.
Purcell saddles up Sir Marengo and Patch Adams while Maincourt makes his debut for Wilde in a two-year-old race.
The powerful Ciaron Maher-David Eustace stable has numerous runners including Persan who is chasing his fourth consecutive victory.
The 2020-21 Racing Victoria metropolitan season kicks off at Moonee Valley next Saturday.
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