Rising mare Chiclett scratched from Narrogin Cup on Sunday for Ben and Dan Pearce
Metropolitan co-trainers Ben and Dan Pearce were set to have a two-pronged attack in the $100,000 Iron Jack Narrogin Cup (1900m) on Sunday.
However before final fields were confirmed last-start winner Chiclett was scratched and will run in a 2000m handicap race at Pinjarra Park on Saturday.
The Pearce brothers will still have Superior Smile in the feature race at Narrogin Racing.
The $100,000 Narrogin Cup is the club’s biggest meeting of the season and will headline an eight-race program.
Rising four-year-old Chiclett has scored back-to-back wins in the Great Southern in strong fashion and is quickly rising through the grades.
The mare won a 58+ ratings race over 1600m in Albany in dominant fashion in January before prevailing over 1800m in a 64+ ratings race at the Grapes and Gallops meeting in Mt Barker on January 23.
Chiclett ran in the Listed Burgess Queens Stakes, Group 3 Champion Fillies, Listed 1000 Guineas, Listed Breeders Classic last year as a three-year-old.
Superior Smile has run in a number of country cups over the years, including running third in the 2020 Narrogin Cup.
Jordan Turner takes the ride on Superior Smile from barrier two with 56.5kg.
Ben Pearce said they were keen to contest the Narrogin Cup with Chiclett after her win in Mt Barker and believes she is bred to get a staying trip.
“It was a good win, she didn’t get the best of runs but had a really good turn of foot when she found clear running,” he said after the Mt Barker win.
“We will possibly head towards the Narrogin Cup.
“She hasn’t exceeded our expectations at all in her past two runs.
“She has always shown plenty of ability, she is very well bred so we ran her through races like the Sires Produce, Champion Fillies, 1000 Guineas, Breeders classic as a three-year-old to try and gain black type, and she was unlucky and didn’t get beat far.
“Now as a four-year-old we are just working through her grades and earning prize money.”
Chiclett was ultra impressive at her most recent start as he settled midfield for jockey Brad Rawiller before being shuffled back towards the rear turning for home but sprinted home smartly to grab Off Wego in the final 100m to win by a long neck.
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