There are a few unknowns for Elson in Limited Edition’s heat, namely how she’ll handle the outside draw, and the trainer isn’t 100% sure what she’ll do but hopes she uses her race smarts.
“She draws the eight on Thursday and I don’t know if that’s really going to suit her, but I’m hoping we can follow Let’s Go Ozzi across from box seven and put us in a good position early,” Elson said.
“She’s still very inexperienced, from memory she hasn’t had many goes from out in the eight and you just don’t know if they’re going to run a nice straight line or crash left - hopefully it’s the former because she should get plenty of room to get going out there.
“At 26 months she’s still only a baby and I’m just starting to work her out; she’s drawn the red before and I’ve thought ‘great this will suit her’ and she hasn’t jumped, it’s things like that I’m continuing to find out about her.”
Limited Edition has smashed through the wall of restricted races and is here to stay in open class according to Elson.
“The time is now for her to step up to this class, she’s gone through all her grades and is a free for all bitch now and I think it’s where she belongs,” he said.
“If you take Oh Mickey and Special Cyndie out of this race on Thursday night we’re probably the favourite, it’s encouraging that there are only a couple of really top dogs that might have our measure at the moment.
“With the two heats you have four going through to the final next week and that’s a realistic goal for us, every run she gets against these good dogs she should get a little more comfortable.”
Silver Stunner overcame the odds last year to win the race for Elson and while they’re stacked against him again, he’s got an in-form bitch full of confidence wanting to win come Thursday week.
“I’m pretty optimistic going into Thursday, I went into this race last year with Silver Stunner going well and she came out and won it and Limited Edition is arguably going even better this year, so I’ve been pretty lucky for something to hit form around this race,” Elson said.
“I’ve given her a nice little freshen up before Thursday, which she had before her breakout 29.73 performance, no excuses she should be firing and ready to go.”