Damian Browne is banking on plenty of speed in Saturday's George Moore Stakes to enable Phelan Ready to end a winning drought.
Phelan Ready hasn't won a race since the 2009 Golden Slipper but signalled with his fast-finishing second to Steel Zip in the Keith Noud Quality at Eagle Farm on November 24 that his long run of outs was near an end.
"There looks to be plenty of speed in this race, which is what he needs," Browne said.
"If they slow up at any stage it probably puts him out of contention but looking at the number of speed runners in the race I'd be very surprised if that happens."
Phelan Ready has drawn barrier four against twelve rivals on Saturday which should enable him to be within striking distance at the home turn.
"He'll probably go back a little bit but I'm hoping there'll be a couple behind him and he'll only be standing them up four or five lengths on the corner," he said.
"If he's able to do that and get a cart into the race and have one crack at them he should be very competitive."
Although burdened with 59kg on Saturday, Browne doesn't believe the weight will be a disadvantage.
"He's a genuine weight-for-age horse so with a 54kg minimum he doesn't meet the other horses too badly at the weights," he said.
"I thought his first-up run was terrific, although we know he can tend to mix his form a little bit."
Phelan Ready's trainer Jason McLachlan has also booked Browne for promising two-year-old Choisenegger in the Two-Year-Old Handicap (1200m).
Choisenegger impressed Browne when he finished second to Real Surreal at Eagle Farm on November 24.
"He's a very nice type and although you can't take anything away from the winner, who did an exceptional job, I think this fella will keep improving," Browne said.
"Since that race he's trained on well and every time he steps out I'm sure he'll get better."
Browne hurt his knee in a barrier incident at Doomben on Wednesday but will ice the injury in a bid to be fit for Saturday.