Exclusive Saturday began well to comfortably hold the lead ahead of Jack’s Choice but as they tried to slow the tempo Dothraki Princess pushed on to take the front after over racing just behind them. This move resulted in a genuine tempo with the overall time slightly slower than the preceding maiden.
Dothraki Princess ($6 to $5) caused all sorts of dramas at the start, being backed out of line twice before successfully passing vet examinations each time. When they were finally let go she settled much closer to the lead than in recent runs and was reluctant to settle when the pace backed off, leading Darmanin to let her stride to the front in a move which won her the race. Despite looking like a longer trip like this would be beyond her earlier in her career, she ran them along at a genuine clip and showed no signs of stopping in the straight to record a convincing win. Her last 200m was the 13th fastest of the day and while she will now be spelled, she has shown more strings to her bow this prep and her career looks brighter than before she joined the Trinder yard.
Gee Gee Royal Miss ($5 to $7.50) got out to a longer trip here but still hit the line hard to run 2nd, recording the 2nd fastest last 200m of the day. She may have got closer if she had something to take her into the race on the corner but Newitt was forced to stay in before producing her widest on straightening. Exclusive Saturday ($11 to $9) battled on for 3rd after having to hand up the lead when Clark tried to slow the tempo and may have finished much closer if she retained the front. The placegetters finished clear of the rest with favourite Somerset ($2.10 to $2.60) very disappointing and Carr reporting she raced flat.
C/o Tristan Heffernan