CHLOE Formosa believes she has a "pretty good chance" of starting her driving career with a win at Newcastle Paceway on Friday night.
The 16-year-old, the eldest daughter of premiership-winning trainer-driver Michael Formosa, will make her debut taking the reins of family-owned pacers Ultimate Force and Ultimate Chance.
An accomplished mini-trots driver, Chloe has been working full-time alongside her father at their Ellalong property since leaving school at the end of last year.
She became eligible for a drivers' licence two weeks ago when she turned 16 and this week got the go-ahead from authorities. She hoped to start last Friday night at Newcastle but a delay in the approval meant she had to wait another week.
Ultimate Force (race three) and Ultimate Chance (nine) both have favourable draws in gate two and were runners-up last start at Newcastle, giving Chloe realistic hopes of a successful first night in the gig.
"I've been waiting for a while but it's finally come around," Chloe said.
"The nerves haven't really kicked in yet but they will tomorrow.
"If I get a good spot, hopefully they can run home and finish off. They've been here for a while and they are pretty good horses. They both have pretty good chances."
Formosa was born into racing, and not just through her father, who has driven more than 1000 winners and had group 1 success with late star Ultimate Art. Her mother, Kirsty, is also a former apprentice jockey.
"I didn't really like school and I was enjoying the horses so I asked to leave and I've been doing it for about seven months now," Chloe said of working for the family stable.
"Ever since I was little I've always been interested in the horses. One day I want to become a trainer so that will probably be my biggest goal, but it's just now to get around and get a couple of drives."
She said the advice from her father ahead of the debut was to "just stay safe".
Michael believed she had a bright future.
"Hopefully she can make a go of it," he said. "She's got the ability, she's got everything going for her. it's just a matter of whether she wants to commit herself enough to it."
Michael will drive leading chance Rocknroll Swinger against Ultimate Force but will be watching on in the last.
"They are both going well and they have drawn well, so she should hopefully have trouble-free runs," he said of Chloe's drives.
Ultimate Chance looks her best hope.
"I never thought it would win a race, then Chloe drove it at the trials a few weeks ago and it won," he said. "Then it came out and ran a good race first-up, so hopefully it can hold its form."