He admits his chances are slim.
But even then Clergate trainer David Pringle is thrilled to have Midnight Starlet starting in one of Friday night’s Million Dollar Chase semi-finals.
The Buck Fever x Midnight News bitch took out the Dubbo qualifying event last month in a track record 29.27 seconds, announcing herself as a genuine contender for the Chase’s final $1 million prize.
But Pringle says a tough box draw (eight) will be the least of her concerns in semi-final number seven at Wentworth Park on Friday evening.
“She’d rather be boxed on the inside, one or two, so it’s definitely not her ideal box … it’s not going to be easy, half the field is really good dogs,” he said.
“It’s sort of a bit surreal. When we heard about [the Chase] we didn’t think we had a dog for it and we were tossing up whether she was good enough.
“If she happens to make it through to the big one it would bring the house down.”
Semi number seven will see Midnight Starlet and fellow Dubbo qualifier Little Digger (Raymond Smith) take on Jodie Lord’s consistent star Champion Model, coming out of the red.
Andrea Daily’s Dyna Patty, considered by many a strong chance to win the grand final before a race was run in the series, has drawn box five while Nowra Regional Final winners Zippy Ethics (two) and Maitland winner Big Black (three) are also in heat seven.
Friday evening is set to be action-packed.
In the opening semi, Western Australia’s National Sprint Championship winner West On Augie has come up with the red but will have a dour battle on his plate against Queensland Sprint Championships winner Maurice Minor and Victorian star My Redeemer.
In the second semi, Victorians Not Available, Blue Sky Riot and Dyna Zesty will be among the main chances, while locals Watch the Wasp and Jamella Jet both have claims on their last start placings behind Mystic Riot at Wenty last Saturday.
Golden Easter Egg winner Up Hill Jill has drawn the rails in the third heat, with her likely dangers being Victorian Dyna Oscar and NSW Sprint Championship representative Sky Wave.
While the fourth heat is lacking a superstar name, it looks an interesting affair, with the likes of Oakvale Warrior, Mossimo Bale and She’s Gifted likely to be prominent.
Rob Britton and Seona Thompson clash again in semi number five with Slingshot Whippa in the one and Thompson with Despacito in the two, but they’ll have to overcome local star Miss Splendamiro who has drawn three. Also in the strong semi is Mystic Riot in the eight and fellow Wentworth Park heat winning Victorians Immen Bale and Dyna Terror.
In the final heat of the night Embye has come up with the red.
First race on Friday is at 7.19pm.