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Elegant Composure faces biggest test

Elegant Composure will earn her rating as a future Group star if she can overcome some obstacles to win the Listed Just Now Quality at Eagle Farm.

Trainer Chris Anderson thinks he will have a far better idea of how far Elegant Composure can go after Saturday’s race.

Elegant Composure made it seven wins from nine starts when she gave Anderson his first stakes win in the Listed Colin McAlpine Memorial two weeks ago.

Anderson said Saturday’s race would be a major test as Elegant Composure was going from 55kg two weeks ago to carrying top weight of 58kg on Saturday.

“She also has a tricky barrier from nine and she is facing some well performed Sydney horses,” Anderson said.

“But I have always thought Elegant Composure would be better than a Listed class horse. You don’t like to get ahead of yourself but the winter carnival is enticing.

“She will be against the boys but get down in weights. Whether she would be up to a race like the Group One Stradbroke is debatable. But she doe like to run up on the pace and that can suit horses at the Eagle Farm 1400 metres.”

Anderson said the impressive thing about Elegant Composure’s win in the McAlpine was the ease with which she did it.

“She just cruised away from them and beat a pretty smart horse in Private Secretary. Larry (Cassidy) said he had a strong hold on her the length of the straight,” Anderson said.

“I am sure if she races as well as I hope on Saturday we will be able to say we have a genuine winter horse on our hands.”

Anderson is also hoping Elegant Composure can win the Listed Nudgee Quality on December 31 and earn a wild card into the Magic Millions fillies and mares race on January 14.

The trainer is hoping to qualify Mishani Bullit for the Magic Millions Classic vai Saturday’s Two-Year-Old race at Eagle Farm.

Mishani Bullit was second at the Sunshine Coast recently which took his prize money to $14,900.

“He can pick up another $40,000 by winning on Saturday. He has a lot of maturing to do and I really think he will be a J J Atkins horse in the winter,” Anderson said.

“To get a run in the Magic Millions would be a nice bonus but I am excited about him long term.”

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