Grahame Begg has long known that he has 'a really brilliant filly' in the shape of Passive Aggressive, who will test herself against some of the best sprinters in the land in the Group 1 T.J. Smith Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.
The daughter of Fastnet Rock has won five of her six career starts, including the G2 Challenge Stakes at her most recent start at the expense of Eduardo and Giga Kick, and has prevailed in a barrier trial at Randwick since then.
Despite her credentials, Begg knows that Saturday's task won't be an easy one for Passive Aggressive.
"She's going very well," Begg said.
"She'll need all the favours, if there's anything that tells us we shouldn't go to Saturday's race, we've got a back-up plan for the week after in the Sapphire, it's a Group 2 mares' race so she'd get 56kg in that."
At the time of writing, Randwick was rated a Soft 6 and Begg noted that the weather conditions will certainly have an impact on Passive Aggressive's chances in the 1200-metre sprint.
"We've got to be conscious of weather too with her, we'd like a bit of give in the ground," he said.
"There is a bit of rain forecast in Sydney, so let's hope that eventuates."
Passive Aggressive will jump from barrier six on Saturday, with regular rider Jordan Childs retaining the ride.
WATCH: Passive Aggressive's latest win
What a finish in the Challenge!!!— 7HorseRacing 🐎 (@7horseracing) March 4, 2023
Passive Aggressive wins by a pimple. @Grahame_Begg @JChilds47 pic.twitter.com/LfcXvzOviM
Begg will also have Maharba lining up in the G1 Sires' Produce Stakes, having finished second to subsequent Golden Slipper winner Shinzo at his most recent run.
"He's done well, so we're looking forward to Saturday," Begg said.
"I think he'll be very well suited to Randwick, 1400m.
"He's going to be the fresh horse on the scene and he's trained on beautifully since."
Michael Dee will ride Maharba on Saturday, where he will start from barrier 10 in the field of 13.
Whatever happens this weekend, Begg is excited by the Pride Of Dubai gelding's future prospects, as he's still not the finished product yet.
"He's a big, raw horse, " Begg said.
"We really feel, once he goes out and has a break and furnishes into his body, he'll be a pretty massive horse later in the season.
"I'm looking forward to him being a really nice three-year-old."
WATCH: Maharba's run in the Pago Pago Stakes
"Shinzo letting down with a lot of authority today." 👀— 7HorseRacing 🐎 (@7horseracing) March 11, 2023
Shinzo books his place into the Golden Slipper with an impressive win! @CoolmoreAus @cwallerracing @mcacajamez pic.twitter.com/EICamlgTVw