Hamilton trainer Graeme Rogerson is excited to produce a bigger, stronger version of talented sprinter Gift Of Power at Awapuni tomorrow.

The younger model of Gift Of Power was adept enough to win eight of her 14 starts as a two- and three-year-old up to group two level, so Rogerson has every reason to aim high with the extra-powered four-year-old mare.

"She's a year older and a bigger, stronger mare now," said Rogerson, who trains the Power mare with his wife, Debbie, and granddaughter, Bailey.

"She's going very well. She trialled very well at Taupo and while she's better left-handed she had a quiet trial at Te Teko before that and pleased us. She'll run well this weekend. We're happy with her."

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In the hands of Bailey Rogerson, Gift Of Power kept up a strong clip to win the 1100m Taupo open trial by three-quarters of a length, beating group one winner Jon Snow, who then went on to finish fourth in last week's group one Tarzino Trophy (1400m) at Hastings.

Gift Of Power has yet to be beaten first-up in a new campaign and she looks favoured as the likely leader in the six-horse Pilet Contracting/Pioneer Seeds Handicap (1200m) at Awapuni.
"She should be very competitive," said Rogerson.

- NZ Racing Desk