IN-FORM mare Chiasma steps up to open company for the first time on Sunday when she lines up in the $15,000 Qube Logistics Cotton Cup (1600m) at Warren.
Trained at Forbes by Frank Hayes, the six-year-old has won three of her past four starts, culminating with an impressive win over 1405m at Dubbo's big Derby Day meeting last Saturday.
Cowra jockey Mathew Cahill, who has ridden Chiasma in her three recent wins, retains the ride on Sunday and says she is deserving of her chance at a higher level.
"She's obviously pulled up well from last week for Frank to send her around again and even though it's her first try at this level, her form suggests she deserves a shot," Cahill said.
"She hasn't won at a mile before but the times I've ridden her recently, especially last Saturday, indicates she might be able to get the journey now.
"She relaxes well in her races which is a big advantage and if the others have to do a bit of work early then she could be a chance to run over them."
Chiasma has drawn well in barrier two, and while some of the main chances have drawn in wide barriers, Cahill admits it may not be a huge advantage to his mare.
"It's a lovely long run to the first turn from the mile start at Warren so the ones that have drawn wide should have time to get across but hopefully they will have to do some work," Cahill said.
"My mare gets back in her races anyway so being inside isn't a huge advantage but I'd much rather be drawn in two than in 14 or 15.
"From the draw she can settle where she is comfortable."
The mount on Chiasma in the Cup is one of six for Cahill on a big day of racing at Warren.
Among his other rides are Financial Gain for Narromine trainer Wayne Collison in race three and Mudgee-trained runner Red Ensign in race six.
"I had no luck from the gate on Financial Gain at Dubbo the other day. I had to go back and then come wide and he hit the line nicely so I'm expecting a good run from him," Cahill said.
"Red Ensign is another one of my chances. Max Crockett has given him a bit of a let-up after his last run but Max always has them well-prepared."
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