Carnival Miss to take show to town for Highway Handicap

Jockey Jeff Penza speaks with the connections of Carnival Miss following her victory at Wagga earlier this year.

The Tumbarumba bred and owned Carnival Miss will look to take her show on the road this Saturday, with trainer Gary Colvin setting the four-year-old for the 1400m Class Three TAB Highway Handicap at Royal Randwick.

Bred by Ron Bramich, Carnival Miss is by the late Zariz, who was a prolific sire in the Southern Districts and South East, and she is out of Miss Bemuse, who herself won the 2014 Tumbarumba Cup for Colvin.

“She is a bit like her mother,” Colvin said.

“She is tough and her mum was tough, and yeah, her mum was a bit scattery, but this mare is good and you can do anything with her.

“She is getting stronger, and even this prep, she won a couple of starts back only over 1000m and we have stepped her up and she has stepped up to each challenge.”

Carnival Miss has raced 17 times; winning three and placing on another three occasions.

She returned from an 18-week spell earlier this year, finishing fourth first-up at Wagga before a surprise win for jockey Jeff Penza over the five furlongs at Wagga in a Benchmark 58 Handicap. 

Since then, she has stepped up in distance and class, finishing second to Stand Your Ground in the 1300m Queen of the South Prelude at Wagga on April 24 before again finishing second, this time to Crucial Witness, beaten only 0.89 of a length in the $75,000 Queen of the South over 1400m at Wagga on May 6. 

“She went well that day; she drew the outside (gate 15) and had to do it pretty hard and kicked on and still finished second,” Colvin said.

Carnival Miss drew gate 9 in Saturday’s $100,000 event and Colvin believes she is every chance of winning the race.

“I don’t take them there unless I think they are a threat,” Colvin said.

Miss Bemuse, a former Tumbarumba Cup winner with Gary Colvin, will have her daughter, Carinval Miss, racing at Royal Randwick on Saturday. Photo: Colvin Racing.

“I know the horse is tough and she won’t be too far from the pace.

“It would be nice to get a good draw and sit there and be on the pace because she will finish on.”

Royal Randwick is rated a heavy 9 and Colvin didn’t think the heavy track would bother his galloper, who boasts winning wet-track form.

“She has won on the heavy and soft, and it won’t worry her,” Colvin said. 

“Plus, it won’t worry her going to Sydney. We will go to Paul Murray’s place at Kembla (Grange) like we usually do with our horses, and it is nice and open there and she will like it there.”

Regardless of her efforts in town on Saturday, Carnival Miss looks destined for some time in the paddock, and the Wagga trainer just hopes she goes out for her break on a winning note before returning in the spring.

“She will probably go for a spell after this, and come back in the spring and go from there,” Colvin said.

“If she wins the Highway, that’s it for her and she can’t race in them anymore, but she will be a good horse for around the traps and we will find some nice races for her.”