HEAVENS High might have earned another tilt at a Highway handicap in Sydney after the Armidale mare's brilliant return to racing at Tamworth on Tuesday.
The Stirling Osland-trained daughter of So You Think surged to a good win in the $22,000 Thread Effects Class 2 Handicap (1200m), also a heat of the Rising Star apprentices series.
Louise Day saluted in the Rising Star aboard Heavens High, kicking her up to fifth on the Rising Star table with nine points, six behind series leader Qin Yong (15) with Sam Clenton (14) second and Yvette Lewis (13) third.
Heavens High won for the third time at her 12th start.
"Good to step off the prep with that," Stirling Osland said after the win.
"I was thinking about going to a Highway first up but she was a little behind."
He said she has always raced well first up and has also raced well at Tamworth.
"She's raced here (Tamworth) twice for two seconds," he said.
"She's always been a nice mare, always been about the mark.
"She's not really a 1200m horse, 1400m to a mile is her go."
He said she had raced well as a three-year-old.
"She was third in a Grafton Guineas Prelude and I took her to Toowoomba for their Guineas and ran fifth there."
Stirling Osland said a Highway Handicap in Sydney might be in her sights now.
Louise Day thought she had run well in a highway last prep.
"She can only improve on that," she said of today's win.
"The last 50m she started to slow up.
"She might have been a little underdone but Stirling had her spot on. She can only improve on that."