John O'Shea has elected to start promising filly Jal Lei off in Benchmark company at Warwick Farm today but has not given up on getting the three-year-old back to stakes company.
Scratched from Randwick at the weekend due to a poor barrier, the three-year-old will bet back to action against older horses in the Schweppes Handicap on Monday.
Jal Lei is available at 16/5 to return to the course with a victory, with Matthew Smith's Daralina Bell priced up at 2/1 for the victory.
Jal Lei won three of her first four starts before being tried in the Light Fingers Stakes at Randwick where she finished in 10th place out of 14, four-and-a-quarter lengths behind winner Fangirl.
O'Shea then took her to Melbourne where she was down the track in the Frances Tressady Stakes at Flemington on 5th March, the race won by Annavisto, before a setback brought an end to the preparations.
The trainer though remains confident of bigger targets in the future though for Jal Lei.
"I think she is up to that level," O'Shea said.
"She got a bit crook after her first couple of runs so we had to turn her out. I wanted to get her going again for the Brisbane winter but by the time we got her up and going, we missed the boat a bit.
"She is ready to go now. I just want to try to get her rating up, give her a short break and then come back for those mares' stakes races in the spring."
In-form apprentice Reece Jones takes the ride on Jal Lei at Warwick Farm.