Kembla an easy option for Payne with Murta Cape primed for flight


Trainer David Payne.

Trainer David Payne.

The lure of a confidence-boosting win at Kembla Grange has encouraged trainer David Payne to saddle up Murta Cape on Saturday.

The two-year-old filly was nominated to run at Rosehill in the Juvenile Stayer [1800m] but Payne chose not to put the filly up against more-fancied stablemate Bomber Brown.

Instead, she will contest the two-year-old Maiden Plate [1400m] at Kembla and veteran Queensland-based Kiwi Grant Cooksley will make a rare visit to the track to steer.

After finishing out of the placings behind black type fillies Memorial, Alpha Miss and Time For War in her first preparation, Payne expects Saturday's tilt to be perfectly suited second-up.

"It is a nice race for her at Kembla," he said.

"We are going to the provincials so it will be easier for her. It is the first time she is heading to there and we expect her to go very well.

"It will be a nice little introduction for her."

The two-year-old ran first-up in town less than a fortnight ago over 1200m, finishing down the track on a slow surface.

Payne feels step-up in distance on Saturday should provide the filly with every chance against a strong field of two-year-olds.

Payne will go in search of a winning hat-trick later on the card with Sumitro [race six] and Devil Miss [race eight] also engaged.

Devil Miss drops massively in class from Group 3 level to a Benchmark 60 [1600m].

She was well beaten behind Arabian Gold last start in the Adrian Knox, encouraging Payne to return the three-year-old back to lesser company.