Nicole Molander is convinced the more racing Keystone Del does the better, which is why she has no qualms about hatching an ambitious plan to win two Group 1 wins in the space of five days.
Fresh on the back of Keystone Del successfully defending his Glenferrie Farm Challenge title on Interdominion grand final day, the Appin-based Molander floated Keystone Del south last night for another tilt at a major on Friday. The gelding has drawn the inside of the second row for The Knight Pistol at Melton.
"He's a bit like a colt ... he's a very round and nuggety type of horse, you've got to keep the work up to him so the racing suits him," Molander said.
"We haven't really hammered him up until now so he's coming into it on the fresher side. We did plan to follow the Grand Circuit until the Great Southern Star, depending on how he stepped up to the big guns at Menangle on Sunday."
Keystone Del was effectively off the radar of punters, who let him go around at Menangle well into double figures for the $200,000 race on the weekend.
He will be a little outside of his comfort zone at Melton - a track where he galloped in the score up in a Great Southern Star heat last year. His only other run at the track was a forgivable one, after being kept under lock and key until the final 50 metres in the Dullard Cup a couple of months ago.
"He's a bit of an underdog, but I quite like it that way," Molander said. "You don't have the same pressure as if you're going into a race as a favourite.
"He'd won really well at Menangle [before Sunday] and that's what people see him as ... just a Menangle horse and nothing superficial."