Class mare Loire will make her raceday return in Saturday's Gr.1 Tarzino Trophy (1400m) at Hastings on Saturday.
The daughter of Redoute's Choice has drifted from $34 to $51 with TAB Bookmakers.
“We were discussing her price this morning and maybe it’s the wide gate (15 of 16), I am not quite sure why she is so long in the market,” Pike said.
“Her trial at Ruakaka was very good and her work through the week has been outstanding.
“That gate restricts her options a wee bit, but she generally does get back in her races. Ideally it would have been nice to slot in midfield, but she might have to go a touch further back than that.
“There looks to be plenty of speed in the race and if they do go a reasonably solid tempo up front, while I don’t think she could beat Avantage ($1.85 favourite) over 1400m, the way she is going she will be flashing at them late.
“She is a big price ($8) for a place and it wouldn’t surprise me to see her getting home very strongly and filling a minor placing.” -NZ Racing Desk