EXCITING filly Dubleanny became Dubleo’s first Australian stakeswinner, after collecting the Listed VRC Creswick Stakes (1200m) at a rain soaked Flemington this afternoon.
Sent out as the $3 favourite after winning all of her past three starts in impressive fashion, Dubleanny was unhurried in the early to mid stages of the races seeing all bar one the eight runners.
Veteran jockey Steve Arnold came off heels inside the 200m to launch his bid quickly cutting the deficit and passing horses at will.
In the end, Dubleanny took the event by a narrow margin which was certainly not indicative of her prowess.
“She’s a beauty,” Arnold said after his first ride on the filly.
“Darren Weir’s horse (Broken) kicked really hard inside the furlong (200m) so it was a great effort to get there.
“She was entitled to feel it the last 50 metres but she sustained a good gallop for a good couple of furlongs today.”
Winning trainer Mick Price, who trained another Dubleo 3yo, Dublebid to win earlier in the week, was full of praise for the filly who came through her first test at stakes level in the best possible way despite the odd anxious moment.
“It got a bit messy early and she was there to be beaten,” Price said.
“She can be a half-length slow but she doesn’t need to be sandwiched like that especially being a filly and with 57kg.
“I was a bit concerned and glad it was every bit of 1200 metres. It was pretty gutsy with 57kg to find plenty over the last 200 metres.”
Price plans to give the Dubleo 3yo a spell now with a view to returning in the spring.
“She has done her job as a three-year-old filly,” Price said.
“Her rating is going to go up hugely and being a Listed race winner she now has the luxury of running in any race you like.
“I haven’t got a specific Group One target in mind but she will run in the Group races in the spring and 1400 metres will be fine for her. All I want to do is keep improving her pedigree.”