GRAFTON trainer Andrew Parramore is the first to admit he has an opinion of three-year-old filly Assertory who resumes at Coffs Harbour this afternoon.
The daughter of Not A Single Doubt is first-up from a 130-day break in the Phoenix Tapware Class 1 Hcp (1012m).
Assertory did enough in her first preparation to convince the former jockey he had a nice filly on his hands for owners Brent Davenport, his wife and Joslyn May from Sydney.
She was impressive on debut winning a 1020m two-year-old handicap at Grafton last April.
The filly, out of her depth at that stage, then failed at Warwick Farm before placings at Casino and Ballina.
"I've got an opinion of her," Parramore confirmed.
"Her first preparation was good and she had a good spell and has come back stronger in her work. She's a bit more switched on."
Taking the step from juvenile to a three-year-old can sometimes prove insurmountable to recapture previous form.
But Parramore is confident the filly will have a good preparation.
"She's been in work about nine weeks and had a good preparation," he said.
"She's worked well. I haven't put her against the clock or anything like that but she's had a good grounding and a couple of nice gallops over the past two weeks."
Assertory hasn't trialled or had a jump out, a point of some concern to Parramore.
"I would have liked to give her a jump out but things just didn't pan out that way," Parramore said.
"Whatever she does she'll improve on the run but it's only a 1000 metres and she's done enough work to be fit enough for that.
"I expect her to race well first up."
Parramore conceded John Shelton's horse, Arabian King, was the horse to beat.
"He had a nice jump out the other day," Parramore said.
He gets a bit of weight relief with Kacie Stanley riding but we still get weight off him (3.5kg) and we've drawn very well (barrier two).
"My filly is probably not as fit as she was on debut when she'd had a trial and jump out but I'm very happy with her."
One thing is Assertory's favour is her speed from the barriers. She is a natural on pace horse.