Dubleanny well placed in Creswick
Trainer Mick Price has questioned the merit of holding the A R Creswick Stakes during the the winter when there is a dearth of smart sprinting three-year-olds.
The Victoria Racing Club received only 12 nominations for Saturday’s $125,000 Listed race at Flemington and entries have been extended until Tuesday.
The two highest rated horses in the race are the Price-trained pair Our Baby Bonus (89) and Dubleanny (89).
“Why would you put a $125,000 Listed Race in June?” Price asked.
“You’re just not going to get a genuine quality of horse in the race. “It’s great for us though.”
Price is waiting to see the weights for the undefeated Our Baby Bonus in both the Creswick and next Monday’s 2010 All Victorian Sprint Series heat (1000m) at Moonee Valley before committing to a start in either event.
“I haven’t made up my mind yet,” he said. “Whilst I’m pretty sure I’m running Dubleanny in the Creswick, I’ll have to study the weights before I make a decision on Our Baby Bonus.
“I may want to have a look at both final fields before I make a decision.”
Our Baby Bonus, who won at Bendigo, Caulfield and Moonee Valley in his first racing campaign, resumed with an all-the-way win over last Saturday’s Flemington winner Sunday Rose over 1000m at Moonee Valley on May 29.
The Dash For Cash gelding would be meeting open company for the first time if he runs in the All Victorian Sprint Series heat.
Dubleanny has won four of her six starts and Price admitted he was surprised with the way she had come on in her current campaign.
The Dubleo filly is undefeated in three starts so far this preparation at Flemington over 1200m and 1100m and at Caulfield over 1200m.
At her latest appearance, Dubleanny took on the colts and geldings and came from last to beat last Saturday’s impressive Flemington winner Doubtful Jack by 1-1/4 lengths.
“Her straight track form is good and she seems in pretty good order,” Price said.
“I think win, lose or draw this will be the (last) race for her this preparation before she has a break and then she can come back in the spring for mares races.”
Caulfield winners Alkhafif, Broken and Perfect Hostess are among the nominations as are Bendigo and Sandown winner Tan Tat Brav and Morphettville and Flemington winner Undeniably.
By Mark Ryan