Markets suggest Miss Fabulass is the clear pick of Kris Lees' two runners in the Light Fingers Stakes on Saturday but the Newcastle trainer isn't so sure.
Lees will saddle up the $2.70 favourite along with El Dorado Dreaming ($14), which enters her second campaign for Lees after being transferred from suspended trainer Ben Smith.
"There's not a great deal between them, not as much as the market has got them," Lees said. "The barrier draw is probably more favourable to El Dorado Dreaming but they're two very good fillies in for good preparations."
Miss Fabulass, a daughter of Frankel out of Lees-trained star Samantha Miss, progressed from a maiden win at Canterbury to win a group 2 last preparation. Lees says she has matured physically but still isn't the complete package and will need luck from barrier eight.
"Physically she's fine, but she's still got a few little chinks in her make-up that I think consistent racing will iron out," he said. "The alley probably means we'll have to be very neutral out of the barriers so she will probably be ridden further back than she has been. But I think that's the best way to get her to switch off."
El Dorado Dreaming had a trio of group 2 placings over sprint and middle distances in the Melbourne spring. Her best form is over further than the 1200 metres of the Light Fingers, an autumn starting point for three-year-old fillies, but Lees expects her to run a cheeky race.
"She's pretty bombproof. I'm really happy with how she's going," he said. "Whether 1200 is probably a bit sharp for her, she'll be strong late."
** The hearing into Ben Smith's cobalt charges was adjourned on Thursday.