Courtesy of Adelaide Now NOW too big for Western Australia, Perth Cup champion Talent Show is having a crack at the Adelaide Cup.
Having taken out WA's richest staying test on January 1, the six-year-old mare's rating has gone through the roof, forcing connections to look interstate for more realistic challenges.
After making the trip across the border a week ago, Talent Show goes on trial in the Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes (2600m) at Morphettville today.
It's the first time she'll race beyond 2400m, but trainer Graeme Ballantyne is confident.
"She's pretty well buggered in Perth now, with the weights and I really wanted to see if she could get over 3200m," said Ballantyne, the father of Fremantle Dockers player Hayden.
"Twenty-four hundred metres is as far as we go in Perth, she's only had the one run over that and handled it pretty well.
"Whether she's good enough to get up and win with the barrier and the weight, we'll find out."
Talent Show is no stranger to carrying weight, having lumped 57kg in both Perth Cup lead-up runs, while flying home for fourth in the Listed Detonator Stakes at Ascot last start with 60kg on her back.
She has 56.5kg this afternoon and been allocated 57kg for the Adelaide Cup.
Perth hoop Daniel Staeck, who rode fellow sandgroper Mr Moet to second in the Peter Young Stakes at Caulfield last week, has continued his tour of Australia and will take the ride from barrier 11.
"She settles pretty good in running but I'll leave it up to Daniel, he's a pretty smart rider," the Lark Hill trainer said.
"I'd like to see her probably midfield or just behind and a couple off the fence.
"I don't think the trip has taken a lot out of her. We're as fit as we can be, so I just hope for a big run."
If the daughter of Jeune is going to push on to the Adelaide Cup, Ballantyne wants to see her in the finish.
"It'd be good if she can win it, but she doesn't necessarily have to, as long as she's running home," he said.
"If Daniel jumps off and says 'you might as well pack your bags and go home', we'll probably do that because he knows what he's talking about."
Waratone, from the Kylie Huxtable stable, is the $3.30 favourite for the Lord Reims Stakes, ahead of Talent Show ($4.20) and Distillation ($6).